THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Maritime supports the advancement of women in the maritime industry of Solomon Islands.
Director of RSIPF Maritime Division, Chief Superintendent Charles Fox Sau says, “My Division recognises the Solomon Islands Women in Maritime Association (SIWIMA) as the Association to promote the increase and involvement of Solomon Islands women in the maritime sector.”
“The RSIPF strive to promote gender equality; education advancement training and career opportunities for women; recognise the social responsibilities relating to women; and promote cooperation, friendship and understanding through the exchange of knowledge and the dissemination of information with other agencies like the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA), Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA), shipping companies and non-Government organisations (NGOs),” says Director Sau.
He says, “I am proud that one of my staff Female Constable Fatima Aoraunisaka has been awarded with a Class 6 Master/Engineer Certificate of Competency (COC).
“She is the first female police officer to obtain such a qualification; a perfect example of promoting women in education advancement and career opportunities.”
A representative from SIWIMA, Rachel Bare-Anita says, “The vision of SIWIMA is to be the leading network aimed at empowering and advancing women in the Solomon Islands maritime sector and advocating for laws and policies that advance gender equality.”
She says, “Our objectives are to promote sea safety, conducting swimming lessons for children and encouraging females to work in the maritime industry.”
She adds: “We are the 6th such association in the Pacific region with Tonga, Vanuatu, PNG, Cook Islands and Fiji also having established similar associations. Collectively we are all part of the Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWIMA) with international links to other Womens Maritime sector groups in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.”
She adds: “With regards to membership, it is open to all women working in the maritime sector, both on and offshore, including the maritime administration, ports, police maritime, shipping companies, fishing industry, ship repair yards and other maritime related sectors. Membership is not restricted to women; SIWIMA encourages men in the maritime industry to join as well and supporting the SIWIMA’s aims and objectives.”
“We also call on women in the Solomon Islands who have had some experience and education in teaching safe swimming and are interested to advocate for safe swimming for our children to come along and join the group,” says Bare-Anita.
For further enquiries, you are welcome to contact phone 21535 / email: [email protected] or you can visit our face book page Solomon Islands Women in Maritime Association.
To join the RSIPF Maritime you are required to be a RSIPF member; which means for non RSIPF members you required to apply through any RSIPF advertisement new recruitment.