Women in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa
The Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in Eastern
and Southern Africa (WOMESA), was initiated by the International
Maritime Organization (IMO) and launched in December 2007, in Mombasa,
Kenya, under IMO’s program on the Integration of Women in the Maritime
Sector (IWMS). The IWMS program is now celebrating its 25th year, having
been launched in 1989. Its primary objective is to encourage IMO Member
States to open the doors of their maritime institutes to enable women
to train alongside men and so acquire the high-level of competence that
the maritime industry demands.
In 2008, one year after its launch, WOMESA developed its first
five-year strategic plan (2008 – 2013). The strategic plan called for
the formation of national chapters in each Member State in order to
determine and prioritize the implementation of the identified programs.
So far, five countries have launched their national chapters namely:
Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa and the United Republic of
Tanzania. Ethiopia is in the process of launching its chapter in the
First Quarter of 2014.
With the foregoing, WOMESA, with IMO’s support, decided to mount a
three-day workshop to review and develop a new five-year Strategic Plan
(2014-2019) for the Association. The objective of the workshop was to
bring together WOMESA Governing Council Members, chairpersons from the
different national chapters and IMO officials, to review the
achievements made over the last five years and to develop a strategic
plan that will guide the activities of the Association for the next five
A Consultant was commissioned by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to facilitate the Strategic Planning Workshop and systematically guide the workshop participants in the formulation of the five-year Strategic Plan (2014-2019).