Women in Maritime Africa to educate fishmongers on resource sustainability

Thursday 13th June, 2019
Ocean Day
By Yaw Ansah, GNA

Accra, June 12, GNA – The Ghana Chapter of Women in Maritime Africa (WIMA) is to collaborate with other stakeholders to share best practices on how to sustainably harness the Volta Lake’s resources for economic empowerment.

The partnership project with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Gender and Social Protection would be part of this year’s World Ocean Day celebration to be celebrated at Akwamufie in the Asuogyaman District.

Madam Perpetual Osei Bonsu, the Legal Advisor to WIMA Ghana, said the Volta Lake was an essential resource not only to the Ghanaian economy but also its dependent.

“We have been as far as the Volta Lake, which plays a pivotal role in the economy of this country and we also know that the Volta Lake is a source for livelihood for many women.”

Madam Alice Torkornoo, Vice President, WIMA, said the Association’s Africa Network had sighted a Memorandum of Understanding with the Africa Union (AU) to educate people on the blue economy, an initiative that was at the heart of the AU’s Africa Integrated maritime strategy, which should be accomplished by the year 2050.

“The idea is to ensure that the use of ocean resources and resources of water bodies are maximized and because women are at the center of the exploitation and development of these resources,” she said.

She said there was also the need for professional women in the maritime sector to share ideas so as to move the industry forward and fight against poverty.