Shipping Association of Jamaica’s President, Mrs Denise Lyn Fatt presented a speech to the students at the closing ceremony of the Women in Maritime Association of Jamaica’s Underwater Robotics Summer Camp that was held at the GraceKennedy STEM Centre recently. Here are excerpts from her speech.
I would like to bring warmest greetings from the members of the Shipping Association of Jamaica. We salute the excellent work of the Women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC) on the occasion of the successful completion of your youth empowerment summer project.
In placing the human element and capacity building high on its agenda, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) recognises that the shipping industry must reach out to every sector of the community if it is to attract the very best people to pursue a maritime career. IMO, therefore, takes specific measures, through its strategic planning and at the operational level of technical cooperation, to promote the increased participation of women in the maritime sector. This is reflected in the organisation’s strategic plan and through its high-level action plan, which refers specifically to “strengthening the role of women in the maritime sector”, while, at the operational level, the programme for the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector remains the primary vehicle for supporting the UN Millennium Development Goal Number 3 to “Promote gender equality and empower women”. In response to this, the seventh Women in Maritime Association chapter in the Caribbean was formed in April 2015.