Empowering Women in the Maritime Community

Friday, 05 April 2019

To address the gender gap in the maritime, ports, fishing and related industries, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that the theme of World Maritime Day 2019 will be “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. Since being founded in 1983 under the auspices of the IMO, the World Maritime University (WMU) has been committed to the advancement of women. In 2019, WMU hosted its Third International Women’s Conference from 4-5 April on the theme “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. AWIMA president Ms. Wijdan Elsuhaibani, AWIMA vice president Dr. Sara Elzarka and AWIMA media officer Ms. Inas El-mahariq attended the conference. Over the two days many distinguished women shared their experiences, inspiring the audience with their remarkable stories, missions and values. The participants of the conference urged international organizations, governmental entities and stakeholders in the maritime and ocean communities to improve the visibility of women professionals in all sea-related sectors.