About WimAfrica

Creation of WIMAfrica: Triggered at the inaugural Maritime Indaba, Johannesburg, South Africa, 25/10/13, by Her Excellence Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, then the Chairperson of African Union Commission(AUC). Subsequently sealed by the 2015 Luanda Declaration 'On the Adoption of a Common Platform of Action for All African Women in Maritime' adopted at the 1st Continental Conference of All African Women in Maritime(WIMAfrica 2015), (Luanda, 26-27 March 2015).

This Conference was organised by AMMPACA/WIMA Angola in collaboration with MOWCA (Maritime Organisation of West & Central Africa) and ASA (African Shipowners Association), under the auspices of African Union and kind sponsorship of the Government of Angola.

Our Mission

To encourage and stimulate the gender party in the maritime sector and related areas throughout Africa. We aim to achieve this through the implementation of a high standard strategy, which includes: the promotion of targeted, comprehensive and continuous, investment in educational initiatives for women and youth in African maritime sector and related areas.

Our Strategy

Think-globally-act-locally strategy (i.e. addressing opportunities and challenges of African maritime women, through the implementation of WIMAfrica high priorities, primarily by our associations at the national level, On the other hand National WIMA Federation are expected to implement this strategy through their local, sectorial and/or provincial WIMA Association (Bottoms Up approach)).

Our Partnership with African Union

Memorandum of understanding (MOU) AU/WIMAfrica: Signed at the AU Headquaters on 29th July, 2016. Establishes the ways for both parties Jointly contribute to operationalize a strategic partnership focusing on cooperation towards the effective implementation of AU Agenda 2063/AIMS20 and also UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the African Maritime Charter on Maritime Security & Blue Economy.

WIMA Current Focus

Short term Activities

  1. Cooperation with AAMA and ASA (African Ship-owners Association) for a 50-50 share in the activities related to the implementation of the “African Charter on Maritime Security and Blue Economy”.
  2. Proposal to seek donor a maritime position at the AU: Objective: to link the AU work on the maritime security and Blue Economy to work of the other UN Agencies relevant for Maritime security, Maritime sustainable development, maritime governance and the blue economy such as IMO, UNEP, FAO, Maritime educational institutions of IMO and others.
  3. Strengthen the link and cooperation with the IMO (International Maritime Organisation), through AU Umbrella i.e. based on the effective implementation of the MOU AU/WIMAfrica.
  4. Collaboration with our female maritime organisation for stronger partnership and capacity building.

WIMAfrica is a non-profit organisation designed to answer the call of gender equality, women empowerment as well as to establish a cooperation of entrepreneurship development of African women in the maritime sector.

The organisation is currently comprised of members from Twenty Two (22) African Countries such as Togo, Angola, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Niger Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Nigeria to mention a few.

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