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Women working in the Caribbean maritime sector bolster networks

Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2016 | 8:00 AM

Women working in the Caribbean maritime sector bolster networks

Women from across the Jamaican maritime industry are expected to share their professional stories and forge networks at the first national chapter meeting of the Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean (WiMAC) this Thursday, August 11, 2016.

WiMAC was launched in April 2015 to engage, inspire, educate and empower women in the maritime industry. The association was established during a Maritime Authority of Jamaica conference attended by over 45 strategy officials from 15 Caribbean states and neighbouring countries.

With its mission being to lead the way for other women in the sector to follow, WiMAC is dedicated to tackling the challenges and barriers encountered by women in the maritime sector, including balancing family and work life, lack of promotion opportunities, no access to ships, ridicule from male counterparts, harassment and low wages.

The Air Jamaica building on Harbour Street in downtown Kingston is the venue for this week's meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.