WMU Supports Maritime Women in the Caribbean
WMU contributed to the first Women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC) Conference that took place in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, from 5 to 9 September. The theme of the conference was Charting the course for generations of women. It was funded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and hosted by the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI) with support from the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA). The conference considered current and emerging development trends in the maritime sphere with a clear focus on women’s rights, their economic participation, professional development and wellbeing in the maritime sector.
Representatives from the port and maritime authorities and shipping associations of the Caribbean attended the conference. WMU was represented by Dr. Momoko Kitada, Assistant Professor, who delivered presentations on educational opportunities at WMU as well as how gender is relevant to energy use and maritime transportation.
WiMAC was launched in Jamaica last year and is the newest association among the seven regional women's associations established by the IMO. Among the results of the first conference was the adoption of the WiMAC Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and associated Work Plans. As part of an outreach and mentoring programme, participants visited with over 250 students from six Grand Cayman schools to inform them about maritime career opportunities.
WMU’s participation in the event promotes the University’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely Goal 4 aimed at inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all, and Goal 5 aimed at achieving gender equality and promoting equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.