Cook Islands Women in Maritime Association (CIWiMA), an association established in support of the Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWIMA), has held its inaugural general meeting in which the election of its first Executive Committee took place.

Following the relaunch of PacWIMA in 2016, the CIWiMA was formed in line with one of PacWIMA’s key objectives – to assist with the establishment of women in national maritime associations in the Pacific region.

The newly-elected Executive Committee has been tasked to create awareness and promote the role of women in the maritime industry as important contributors to the economy.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) first initiated a systematic approach to the advancement of women in the maritime sector in 1988, by the designation of a focal point for women in development – done by improving women’s access to high-level training, fellowships and through the establishment of regional associations to promote the integration of women in the maritime sector.

IMO continues to support the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts, in line with the goals outlined under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’ CIWiMA’s aims will assist the Cook Islands to achieve a number of its own indicators in our current National Sustainable Development Plan, specifically under the following (thematic) areas:
Economy and Employment (#2), Transport and Energy (#6), Education (#8), Gender and the Vulnerable (#9), Ocean, Lagoon and Marine Resources (#12), Culture (#14), Population (#15) and Good Governance, Law and Order (#16).

President of CIWiMA, Taimata Allsworth said today: “It is an honour and indeed very exciting to establish CIWiMA, a first of its kind in the Cook Islands maritime industry. I have complete faith in the committee – a dynamic, knowledgeable, experienced and passionate team – that shares the visions of the association.”

Taimata added, “The committee is looking beyond just promoting women in the maritime sector but also to actively mobilize more women into the industry – for both shore-based as well as sea-going positions.”

The inaugural general meeting was held on 29th of March 2017 at the Maritime Cook Islands. The Executive Committee comprises of:

• President: Taimata Allsworth
• Vice President: Tania George
• Secretary: Stacey Mischeski
• Treasurer: Maria Guadalupe Harreguy
• Maritime Administrator Representative: Jillian Carson-Jackson
• Public Relations and Communications Officer: Katrina Matheson
• Executive Member: Teina Mackenzie

See PACWIMA website for the committee’s profiles:  


About MCI

Maritime Cook Islands is building a world class Open Register for Ships and Yachts from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and its goal is to become the flag of choice for Quality Classed Tonnage and Super Yachts.

Maritime Cook Islands offers responsible ship owners exceptional service.

  1. We aim to keep ships in compliance and to keep them moving. Through our MARCI online Register, we will always know when a vessel is due for a survey or a certificate is about to expire.  We will ensure that ships are maintained in compliance avoiding Port State Control problems.
  2. Through our network of Deputy Registrars, ship owners will be able to conduct business in their own time zone in their own language and get things done quickly and efficiently.
  3. Cook Islands does not impose additional requirements on ship owners beyond the requirements of IMO Conventions read together with the IACS Unified Interpretations.
  4. Through Cook Islands appointed IACS Class Societies and other Recognized Organizations and our network of Flag State Surveyors around the world ship owners should be able to obtain service in virtually any port.

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