Launching of Arab Woman Association in Maritime sector (AWIMA), and it’s distinctive governance domain.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Launching of Arab Woman Association in Maritime sector (AWIMA), and it’s distinctive governance domain.

1) The events of the regional conference of the Maritime sector for Arab woman in Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport(AASTMT) , Alexandria  , A.R.E was held from 15 to 19 October 2017, under the patronage  of the international maritime organization.

As part of the technical cooperative program, according to  Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding among the International Maritime organization (IMO) , AASTMT and the Ministry of Transportation represented by  Maritime transport sector.

AWIMA was launched by 22 women from 9 Arab countries such as (Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan,Lebanon,Libya , Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Tunisia)  and high level organization in education and training which is Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime transport that is affiliated to the Arab League.

The new association has joined a family that is affiliated to the regional women in Maritime associations under the patronage of the IMO, this sheds light  on the role  that women aspire to as  she is the main factor in Maritime sector and  her role is acknowledged.

AASTMT has made elections to choose members of the Council  , it has nominated a  permanent  director for the General Secretariat for theAWIMA and it has established a  Ruling Council for the association by elections under the patronage of  the IMO andAASTMT on 19\10\2017 .

Saudi Arabia Kingdom has the advantage and lead in enabling women to become the president of this association.

The Hierarchy of the Ruling Council of theAssociation

 by elections

President: Wejdan Ali ElSehibany                                         Saudi Arabia                                 

Vice President: Dr. Sarah Mohamed ElZarka                       AASTMT

Communication\ Media officer: Enas Nadi ElMaharik       Jordan 

Strategic planning   Officer    :  Dr. Ola Arafat                      AASTMT

Rapporteur:  Mrs. Radhia  El Talbi                                        Tunisia

membership records officer:    Ms. Miriam Soliman          Lebanon   

Treasurer officer:    Mrs.    Reem Hassan Mahmoud Kotaish        Jordan                          

 Legal Affairsn officer: Mrs. Wahya Dafaa Allah ElJak El Mansoury     Sudan

Board Member : Mrs. Azza AbdelRahman                            (A.R.E)


 By Appointing                               

Director of the Secretariat of the Association: Ms.Shireene Mohamed Galal Mounir               AASTMT

Information Systems Administrator : Karim Essmat Sayed Sayed Soliman                               AASTMT

Administrative Employee :                                                                                                                                                  AASTMT

To mention a few but not limited, experts, captains, marine engineers, logistics men and maritime lawyers have agreed upon that the IMO and AASTMT care about creating a framework for this association, and the reason behind that is providing them with training and exchanging knowledge to make it easier to execute the goals of the sustainable development, particularly the fifth goal of the sustainable development that seeks to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The General secretariat of the association aspires to achieve the 17th goal from the sustainable development which is partnership and through partnership the association will be able to get the support that it needs by cooperation and participation with all requirements.

 Female cadets Who study at AASTMT have joined the opening ceremony to prove the changes that occurred in maritime industry and to encourage other young women to join the maritime sector which provides various benefits in maritime career especially seafarers .


Arab Women’s Association vision, mission and goals


Arab Women Association is a gateway for a strong women in maritime sector.


  • To encourage women to work in maritime sector
  • Women’s empowerment by improving their professional abilities to show off their effective role in this sector.
  • To fulfill the goals of the sustainable development.



1. To enhance the national and regional recognition of women’s role as it is considered as the main factor in maritime sector.

2. To reinforce the cooperation among Arab women in ports and maritime transport sectors, locally, regionally and internationally.

3. Building national and regional capacities.

4. To increase job opportunities for Arab women in higher management in both ports and maritime transport sector.

5. To provide educational and training opportunities for Arab women.

6. To provide the needed support for decision makers.

7. To achieve gender equality and Arab’s women empowerment.

8. To enhance means of implementation and partnership to achieve sustainable development.

Throughout its first year AWIMA has started strongly in establishing the association . The General secretariat of the association in collaboration with AASTMT and the IMO sought to establish the legal framework of the association.

His excellency Dr. Ismail AbdelGhaffar Ismail Farag has hosted the General Secretariat and has established its permanent headquarters, on other hand IMO  has approved  the design   to establish the association  in the technical cooperation committee no. (68) , June 2018. A formal letter has been issued to establish the association, then the financial structure.

A strategic informative plan has been developed and it has its own properties such as an electronic membership form, the initiation of the establishment of the national entities and launching of its website that is compatible with the maritime regional bonds for women, under the patronage of IMO and under a unified slogan “under the umbrella of the United Nations.” The Association’s first meeting is prepared to be held on the first quarter of 2019.