LIBERIA: LiMA Collaborates with KAIPTC to Launch Code of Practice for Women in Maritime Security Domain

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The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), in collaboration with the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) has launched the Code of Practice for Women in the Maritime Security Domain on Thursday, May 8, 2024 in Monrovia. The initiative is supported by the Government of Denmark through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Speaking at the event, Mr. John Cuffey, Officer-in-Charge of LiMA, emphasized the Authority’s steadfast commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity within the maritime industry during the launch event. This initiative underscores Liberia’s dedication to recognizing, respecting, and celebrating the invaluable contributions of women in the maritime sector.

He indicated that the newly established Code of Practice serves as a milestone document, outlining guidelines and standards aimed at bolstering the safety and security of maritime environments while cultivating a culture of equality and opportunity for all individuals. Through its implementation, the Acting Maritime Boss said the Liberia Maritime Authority aims to not only enhance security measures but also advance the role of women in maritime security.

For his part, the House of Representatives Standing Committee Chairman on Maritime Affairs, Hon. Frank Saah Foko, expressed his support for the program, emphasizing its significance for women’s participation not only in Liberia but also globally. He emphasized the importance of job creation and the need for professional Liberians to hold high-level positions in order to maximize the impact of regional activities.

Air Commodore David Akrong, Deputy Commandant of KAIPTC, highlighted the alignment of the initiative with UN Security Council Resolution 1325, emphasizing its role in addressing gender disparities and promoting women’s participation in maritime governance and security.
The Code outlines principles of gender equality, empowerment, and inclusion, providing a framework to enhance women practitioners’ experiences and opportunities in maritime security.
During the panel discussion, the Minister of Defense, retired Brigadier General Geraldine Janet George, shared insights from the Armed Forces of Liberia’s experience in breaking barriers hindering female enlistment. She stressed the importance of education, awareness, mentorship programs, and supportive work environments in promoting equality in the maritime domain.
Mr. Gbawou Kowou, Deputy Director General for Administration at the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to ensuring female participation at all levels, with the current female enlistment standing at approximately 14.9 percent.

The Liberia Maritime Authority extends its gratitude to all stakeholders for their support and commitment to advancing gender equality and inclusivity within the maritime industry.

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