Challenges faced by Pacific Women discussed in Nukuʻalofa maritime conference

The challenges faced by women in maritime was one of the topics discussed in Nukuʻalofa in a week-long regional conference for Pacific Women in maritime

Those who attended also discussed issues such as energy and climate change, sustainable development, women’s rights and the Maritime Labour Convention.

The CEO of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, ‘Ana Bing Fonua in her welcoming speech said the Government of Tonga is in good support of women’s value.

“My government endorses the strongest support and efforts to raise awareness of women’s value in the society and their role in development especially in leading roles and there is no discrimination in any forms in these sectors,” she stated.

Fonua said the conference helped raise the awareness about the role of women in sustainable development around the Pacific.

“This conference and its means in advocating women’s rights, indicate to us that all of us have a better future for women in maritime.”

“And we must cease this opportunity and make sure that we shall not fail for failure is not an option in women in maritime.”

Director of Marine and Ports Tonga, Ms Kelelela Tonga said the conference recognizes the economic contribution and leadership of women in the Pacific maritime sector.

“There are a lot of women who have higher position in both public and private sectors, so we are here today to recognize them and the roles they play in maritime.”

It is the first time for Tonga to host the conference.

She said that at the end of the week-long conference, participants will look at adopting a work plan for the Pacific Women Maritime Association (PacWiMA).

The conference is funded by the International Maritime Organization, Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Ministry of Infrastructure.

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