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Entries open for WiMAC essay competition

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Following the successful celebration of World Maritime Day on September 28, the Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean (WiMAC) is conducting a Regional Essay Competition under the theme 'Connecting Ships, Ports, and People'. The competition will focus on the role of women and their contribution towards a sustainable maritime industry.

Launched in April 2015, WiMAC represents the seventh regional network established by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). It is aimed at furthering the objectives of capability and capacity building for women in the maritime sector. In keeping with the IMO's gender programme, which was launched over 27 years ago, WIMAC aims to establish formal regional linkages between women managers in the maritime and port sector by providing a permanent channel for networking through the hosting of conferences, seminars, and other industry events.

The objective of this first essay competition is to create awareness of the shipping and maritime industries and to provide a platform that will equip female students with knowledge about the vast benefits of shipping and of women's invaluable contributions to the sectors.




Students are required to base their essay on either one of the following topics:

1. Challenges for the advancement, sustainability, and empowerment of women in the maritime sector; OR

2. The role of empowered women in advancing and sustaining the maritime sector

The topics are the same for all countries across the Caribbean, and the winner will be selected based on the most insightful and innovative response submitted. Awards will be given to first-, second-, and third-place winners, and the prizes include tuition to pursue a degree of the student's choice at the Caribbean Maritime University and full travel, meals, and accommodation to the next WiMAC regional conference. The competition is open to fifth- and sixth-form students across the region.

When contacted, national liaison officer for WiMAC's Jamaica chapter Nicole Wickham Whyte said: "We wish our Jamaican applicants all the best. The prizes are very attractive and will be a dream come true for the winners!"

For any additional information or questions regarding the competition, please send an email to Please submit entries to this email address by November 30, 2017.