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WIMAfrica, World Ocean Council sign MoU to support more women participation in maritime trade

Courtesy WIMAfrica

The Women in Maritime, Africa and the
World Ocean Council (WOC) have reached an agreement on ways to
collaborate in order to encourage and enable more women participate in the maritime

President of WIMAfrica, Mrs. Jean
Chiazor Anishere, who made the disclosure, said that the Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) signed by the parties, covers the following:

Acknowledging the need to strengthen women
engagement (particularly at the community level and private sector involvement,
including the participation of Women from all sea-related areas / communities)
and evolution of stronger partnerships and associated harmonised work-plans in
the Maritime industry.

Recognising the need to develop a
common institution of cooperation and a Maritime Agenda and Platform for Marine
and Maritime Gender Civil Society Federations, Leagues, ONGs and / or
Associations of the Maritime Industry to pave the way for a future joint
program or project by WIMAFRICA/WOC;

Considering, the indispensable
participation of women to the progress of the Maritime industry, and the need
for Gender Equality within the Sector.

Aiming  to more effectively deliver and address
priority areas for regionally and internationally harmonised gender marine and
maritime practices; identification and agreement on projects and priorities for
gender empowerment and financial inclusion of women within the Maritime industry;

Taking into account the need for
international partnerships and relationships to further enhance the growth of
Professional Women in the Shipping, Trading and Logistics sector,

Taking into account the Women Africa
Decade (2010-2020) and the objective of putting in place measures for fighting
poverty and promoting economic empowerment and entrepreneurship of women;

Bearing in mind the need for the
recognition at the highest level of Africa’s and women’s importance and women’s
indispensable participation to our continent’s progress;

Affirming the desirability of
cooperation between WIMAFRICA and WOC in working jointly towards the promotion
and development of Women in the Blue Economy, and to promote women’s engagement
in ‘Corporate Ocean Responsibility’ among its members and the broader ocean

She also disclosed that a joint
Committee for the Implementation of the WIMAFRICA / WOC  MoU that is set up, is  composed of representatives nominated by the
two organizations, for
the purpose of ensuring the effective
implementation of the present MoU.

On a note of appreciation for the significant step towards supporting women in the industry, Anishere expressed gratitude to Founder/Trustee of WIMA Tunisia, Madame Leila Ben-Hassan, the VP, Mama Caro, Chantel Ngoie and Yvie Cameroon.

Anishere is looking forward to very huge progress in the regard of the MoU reached.

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