women in maritimeA new training programme looks at advancing women’s proficiency in the use of monitoring technology for ocean management and protection. Photo: Global Fishing Watch

Women in Maritime Africa, South Africa chapter (WIMA-SA), and Global Fishing Watch (GFW) have joined forces in a partnership that seeks to develop technical skills for women working in the maritime sector.

The collaboration will establish a training program specifically designed to advance women’s proficiency in the use of monitoring technology for ocean management and protection.

“Expanding women’s knowledge and giving them relevant exposure will enable them to be  more liberated economically and more optimistic about their futures in the maritime sector,” said Ipeleng Selele, president of WIMA-SA.

Driven by WIMA-SA’s mission to mainstream women into the maritime sector through capacity building, the training programme will utilise the GFW data, map and carrier vessel portal to share knowledge about human activity at sea and help promote fair and sustainable use of oceans through advanced cross-sector understanding, fisheries management and better information sharing.

The programme’s learning objectives are to: improve understanding of how GFW can support implementation of fisheries management policies and Port State Control; build an understanding on how to best use vessel identification and tracking data to strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing vessels and fisheries; and demonstrate the benefits of integrating GFW tracking data to complement and strengthen other vessel data.

Tony Long, GFW CEO, said: “When I learned about the mission of WIMA-SA, it was a very natural step to combine our ambitions – to increase the number of women utilising technology and help promote women working in the maritime sector.”

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