BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
SOLOMON Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) new partner, the Solomon Islands Women in Maritime Association (SIWIMA), will be launched this month in Honiara.
This was reported yesterday by SIMSA’s Director Captain Tim Harris.
According to Mr Harris, SIWIMA is new in Solomon Islands with its own constitutions, aims and missions.
It aims to raise women working in the country’s maritime industry, to enable all working individuals with equal opportunities and to promote women in the marine time sector.
It also aims to create a national support system to raise awareness and advocate issues concerning women’s empowerment and gender equality.
He said when the organisation came into power all women working in this industry are encouraged to become members.
“We encourage all women working in this industry including women from Ports, Ship Agencies, Shipping companies and seafarers to become member of this organization,” Harris said.
Dialogue on the establishment of this organisation is still underway.
SIWIMA will come under the umbrella of PacWIMA – the Pacific Women in Marine time Association, which Solomon Islands together with other Pacific island countries are members of.
SIWIMA will be a separate body from SIMSA.