Mrs Jean-Chiazor Anishere, Continental President, Women in Maritime Africa (WIMA Africa), has identified requisite knowledge and skills as the major key to women getting leadership positions.
Anishere disclosed this in a webinar organised by Zoemaritime Ltd on Tuesday in Lagos.
She added that if the knowledge and skills were backed up by legislation it would go a long way in aiding the women get to the top positions in governance.
“In some countries like Rwanda, their legislation imbibe the quota system, hence one could see 60 per cent of women taking leadership positions in governance,” Anishere said.
She observed that the number of women in leadership in Nigeria was still minimal when compared with the country’s population of 200 million.
“In Nigeria, we have a quite number of qualified women who should sit in position of governance in the maritime industry, unfortunately, they are not there, and I subscribe to having legislation backing them to come onboard.
“What is important is not just for women to want to sit in those positions but to ensure they have the requisite knowledge and skills to play the part that is expected of them when they are there,” she said.
Anishere noted that WIMA Africa joined the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) to tap knowledge that would help in women development.
AWLN is a body of African women leaders who have the financial capability to support and encourage African women to come onboard as decision makers.
“In aiding women in the industry, WIMA Africa, has a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Aquaculture Society to ensure that a member becomes a board member, so as to help empower our own.
“We also ensure that our members who are qualified as marine engineers are employed in relevant companies in various countries and in top positions.
“This is done through our associate membership with AWLN,” she said.
She called for more collaboration with other female maritime associations like the Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT) and the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association for desired growth and development.(NAN)