A young Sierra Leonean female seafarer,
Regina Conteh-Khali, shares her heart-warming story of how a relationship
between African Women in Shipping (WIMAfrica) and the Sea Shepherd (Shipping
Company) gave her an opportunity to be back at sea doing a job she loves,
The Sea Shepherd is mainly concerned
with efforts at stopping illegal fishing for countries and to secure seafarers
for bigger vessel owners.
responded to a call by WIMAfrica’s Continental President (CP), Mrs. Jean
Chiazor Anishere, for members who are seafarers to send in their curriculum vitae.
shipping company contacted her and offered her the job at sea.
gratitude saying: “A few months ago our CP asked the female seafarers in this
group to send their CVs. Being a Seafarer, I sent my CV to her, because I had
stopped going to sea for a while as there were no shipping companies recruiting
seafarers in my country anymore.
hire seafarers in Sierra Leone is challenging, not just for women.
coordinator for Sea Shepherd) contacted me some weeks ago and today we had a
video session. She has offered me a job and I am so excited.
grateful to you and every other woman working tirelessly to empower women in
the maritime industry.
the first female captain in Sierra Leone and you have just made that possible
for me. I’m happy to go back to sea.”
President said connecting with Capt. Peter Hammardstedt, the Director of Campaigns in Sea Shepherd, at a Blue Economy Conference in Tunisia, gave the
opportunity for discussions on the need for job placement for WIMAfrica’s
members who needed jobs at sea.
their names and certificates; which I did. I sent him over sixty names and
certificates from nine African Countries, who are members of WIMAfrica, Nigeria
get more of our girls on board ships soon.”
the 2019 World Maritime Day focus of “Empowering Women in the Maritime