About Us

A Brief Organisation History

Pacific Women In Maritime Association

PacWIMA was established in February 2005 under the guidance of IMO’s gender programme for women in the maritime sector, with the assistance from SPC’s Regional Maritime Programme (RMP), following an IMO regional meeting held in Samoa in 2003. After a hiatus of 6 – 7 years due to financial constraints and many other factors, PacWIMA was re-launched in April 2016, through IMO, in collaboration with SPC, at a Regional Conference for Pacific Women in Maritime in Nuku'alofa, Tonga and attended by representatives from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, World Maritime University (WMU) and observers from Tongan administrations, the Tonga Maritime Training Institute, Port Authority of Tonga and private sector organizations.

A Little Of Our Story

IMO and gender empowerment through technical cooperation: a brief history.

To give context to where PacWIMA is today, we take you back to 1988 when IMO was in the frontline of UN specialized agencies in forging a realistic programme for the integration of women in the maritime sector.

Our Constitution

The Regional Strategy for Pacific Women In Maritime 2020 – 2024, a first in the global maritime community, was launched during the Fourth Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers’ Meeting in Apia, Samoa on the 19th September 2019.

The Regional Strategy reinforces the regional commitment to achieve the objectives and aspirations of all women and girls to be recognized, visible and have equal opportunities in the maritime careers.