The numbers are low when it comes to women in the maritime sector. To address this concern, the Women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC) was established in April 2015, under the patronage of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to advocate for more women to work in the maritime sector. WiMAC is holding its second annual regional conference in Belize.Claudia Grant, the President of the Women in Maritime Association Caribbean, says the conference provides an opportunity to pursue the organization’s purpose of empowering women in the maritime sector.
Claudia Grant – President of the Women in Maritime Association Caribbean: “At this conference we are seeking to implement some of the key strategies identified to empower women, to support them emotionally through a mentorship program as well as to look at how we can partner with our male counterparts through educating them a bit more about gender issues so it’s not a male/ female battle. It is saying that women and men can work together to build our industry, to build our nation.”
Tracy Taegar-Panton, Minister of Trade and Commerce, noted that women bring a different perspective to the table, therefore, it is essential that their voices be heard.
Tracy Taegar-Panton – Minister of Trade and Commerce: “Well the conference really looks at a number of key topics in the Maritime Industry. I think we are able to strengthen the networks within the region, learn from some of the best practices that have already been established, create those connections that are imperative to ensure that we marked as an association continues to grow, I think the conference would have been a tremendous success.”
The four-day conference is being held at the Best Western Plus Biltmore Plaza Hotel.