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Women in the Maritime Sector

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In placing the human element and capacity-building high on its agenda, IMO recognizes that the shipping industry must reach out to every sector of the
community if it is to attract the very best people to pursue a maritime career. IMO therefore takes specific measures, through its strategic planning and at the operational level of technical co-operation, to promote the increased participation of women in the maritime sector.
This is reflected in the Organization’s Strategic Plan and through its High Level Action Plan, which refers specifically to “strengthening the role of women in the maritime sector”, while, at the operational level,
the Programme for the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector (IWMS) remains the primary vehicle for supporting the UN Millennium Development Goal 3 to “Promote gender equality and empower women”.
IMO : PROGRAMME ON THE INTEGRATION OF WOMEN IN THE MARITIME SECTOR  - Report 2010   Report 2011 TC 62/8 and TC 62/8/Add.1 

For subsequent reports check the documents of the Technical Cooperation Committee on IMODOCS click on "meetings documents" then on TC Committee - the list of agenda items is normally the first document e.g. TC 62/1

Arab International Women’s Maritime Forum for Middle East and North Africa

Women in Maritime Associations - Asia (WIMA-Asia)
Women in maritime Philippines (WIMAPHIL)
International Women's maritime Forum for MENA and Africa
Association for Women in Maritime, east and southern Africa (WOMESA)

For further information contact Mrs Pamela Tansey, Senior Deputy Director, Technical Co-Operation Division, IMO ptansey@imo.org


Other resources:

UN Atlas of the Oceans : Role of Women

Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWIMA)

 Network for Professional Women in the Maritime and Port Sectors of the West and Central Africa region  
Papua New Guinea Women in Maritime Association (PNGWIMA) contact: png.wima@gmail.com


Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) - an international organization for women in management positions involved in maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide.



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