Vanuatu Women in Maritime (VANWIMA) celebrated Pacific Women in Maritime (PACWIMA) day with a parade from the Grand Hotel, through town and ended at the Ministry of Infrastructure & Public Utilities last Saturday the 18th of May 2019. This program was also celebrated in other Pacific Countries who are part of PACWIMA.


At the official address delivered by Director of Ports and Marine Mr Henry Worek on behave of the Honourable MP Christopher Emilee, Minister responsible for Maritime affairs, Mr Worek congratulates VANWIMA for organizing such event and for challenging a ” men dominating work force”. He further emphasis strongly for woman in Vanuatu to involve more in the Maritime industry.

He added that so far we have only few captains and two graduate engineers who serves on-board vessels. Most woman in Maritime tend to be part of the onshore pool of employment whilst majority of females are on-board cruise ships but not in maritime trade qualification which Vanuatu woman need to involve more in that area.

After the official Speech, the key note address delivered by the President of VANWIMA, Mrs Mary Navaika- The President of the VANWIMA & Finance Manager of OMR. She emphasis on the IMO woman in Maritime Slogan “Training-Visibility-Recognition” IMO encourages member countries to support the participation of woman in both shore-based and sea-going posts. She further connect her talks to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower woman and girls”.

The program started around 7:30am with a match from Ifira landing (former Sebal Hotel) thru the main town and ended at the MIPU compound, George pompetu.

The closing remarks was officiated by the CEO of the Vanuatu Maritime College.
The program ended up around 12 mid day follow by a light refreshment.

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