MyWIMA Biennial General Meeting 2020

The Women in Maritime Association (MyWIMA) convened for its Biennial Meeting at the Ministry of Transport Auditorium, Putrajaya. It was attended by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, where he participated in a live teleconference with a representative from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).


IMO Representative Helen Buni in conversation with Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (inset) during the meeting.

MyWIMA registered with the Registrar of Societies in 2017 as a non-profit organisation. The organisation is the National Chapter of Women in Maritime recognised by the IMO, and it provides a platform for Malaysian women to network, share best practices, and strengthen the role of women in the maritime sector.

IMO is strongly committed to helping its Member States achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This is evident in the support IMO has shown to Malaysia as host of the 2019 Regional Conference "Empowering Women in Maritime Bridging the Gap”, where the strength, diversity, talent, and leadership of Malaysian women in the maritime industry were prominently showcased.

Meanwhile, Malaysia had kept its IMO Council Seat (C) for eight consecutive terms – out of its many endeavours, MyWIMA is a significant platform for receiving gender-specific support and fellowship from IMO, via the Women in Maritime Programme.


Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong pledges that the ministry will work with MyWIMA to ensure women will have the opportunity to continue to excel in the maritime sector.

For women to work sustainably in what is traditionally known as a male-dominated industry will require tremendous support from the IMO. The industry needs more promotion and engagement to ensure policies related to maritime workplaces incorporate a gender dimension and promote diversity. In pursuing the global agenda to empower women, MyWIMA provides support, visibility, and recognition to Malaysian women in maritime.

Instrumental to the establishment of MyWIMA are the Ministry of Transport, Marine Department Malaysia, and Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA). Today, MyWIMA boasts some 94 members from diverse backgrounds.


From left: Marine Department Director-General Dato’ Hj. Baharin Dato’ Abdul Hamid, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, Ministry of Transport Secretary-General Datuk Isham Ishak, MIMA Chairman Dato’ Seri Mohamed Suffian Awang, and MIMA Director-General Datuk Dr Sabirin Ja’afar, during the MyWIMA President’s Address.

In a time when the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to disrupt the gains we have made over the years, MyWIMA is a testament to the presence of women in maritime, and their dedication to ensuring that policies, strategies, and the action plans made for the sector can include a gender dimension. This way, we can effectively pave the path to bridge the gap in empowering women.

The newly-elected MyWIMA executive committee members in a group shot after discussion of the agenda.

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