Discovering WIMOWCA

The Women in Maritime of West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA) is part of the IMO’s Women in the Maritime Sector Programme. WIMOWCA is the eighth regional association to be created as part of IMO’s strategy to enhance the contribution of women as key stakeholders in the maritime sector.

WIMOWCA is therefore the link organization between the IMO and women in maritime in the West and Central African region. The Association aligns itself with IMO’s strategic approach towards enhancing the contribution of women as key maritime stakeholders through capacity-building programs and developing institutional framework to incorporate gender diversity in its (IMO’s) maritime/shipping policies and procedures, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Its mission is to :

  • defend gender equity;
  • improve women’s access to maritime training and technology; and
  • promote their advancement to key decision-making levels in the maritime sector in West and Central Africa.

The members of the WIMOWCA Regional Executive Council are experienced maritime executives from English, French and Portuguese-speaking countries in West and Central Africa.