WE ARE RED MAMLa
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made important efforts for women to reach higher levels of representation within the maritime sector. The creation of the Women's Integration Program in 1988, under which Women's Maritime Associations (WIMA) have been formed in Africa, the Arab States, Asia, the Caribean, Latin America and the Pacific, covering 152 countries and 490 dependent territories, as platforms to discuss gender issues, share experiences and good practices, receive training and improve the implementation of IMO instruments.
In accordance with the Women's Integration Program, Latin America Maritime Women´s Association (RED MAMLA) was created in December 2017. This was accomplished through the Valparaiso Declaration and during the First Regional Conference: "Women in the Maritime Authorities of Latin America and Central America" held in Chile from 13 to 15 of that month. The event gathered the 19 Member States (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) thanks to the organization of the General Directorate of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine of Chile (DIRECTEMAR), and the support of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Government of Malaysia, making us one of the 8 Women's Maritime Associations (WIMA) created within the framework of the above mentioned Program, enjoying independence and autonomy.
Red MAMLa works to create more possibilities and opportunities, which promote the integral development of women in the Latin American region, under the principles of Training, Visibility, Recognition and Empowerment, implementing through its members, the Strategic Axes in all the countries where it is represented.
Certainly, the work of Red MAMLa from the time of the signing of the Valparaiso Declaration Resolution and its creation in 2017 has been outstanding. To date, it has a Constitutive Resolution, Statutes and Strategy, all properly informed and unanimously approved by the Technical Cooperation Committee of the IMO.
Red MAMLa has actively intervened in several international and regional scenarios, as well as in specific campaigns with the objective of integrating and supporting initiatives promoted by different organizations for the benefit of the development, empowerment and visualization of Latin American maritime women.
Likewise, cooperation agreements have been consolidated with international and regional organizations, as well as with private companies, which has resulted in the granting of partial and total scholarships to our members in areas related to our professional field.
Red MAMLa will continue working hard, through its Executive and Permanent Committees, in our Maritime Strategy for the institutional enhancement of our Statutes and Regulations to contribute to the development of the maritime professional activity of Latin American women.
“ To integrate Latin American women working in the maritime and port industry, developing actions to ensure their inclusion, eliminating any form of discrimination in the development of the sector's activities; in addition to promoting parameters, guidelines and/or recommendations that encourage the visible participation of women in the maritime sector, through the identification of needs and training offers, providing technical knowledge and creating opportunities that promote the integral development of women in the region”.
Enable the visibility of women in the maritime community to connect, educate, inspire and promote maritime professional women in the Member States, through the creation of a technical knowledge platform for the region. Red MAMLa also supports gender equity as a pillar in the design, planning and execution of maritime sector activities to enhance the capabilities and empowerment of women in Latin America by 2023.
- Coordination and cooperation.
- Effective and efficient work.
- Traceability and transparency.
- Recognition and
Red MAMLa is constituted by an Executive Committee (Presidency, General Coordination and Permanent Task Committees), Permanent Representatives, Alternate Members, Associate Members and Honorary Members, elected at a General Assembly.
- Chair: Elvia Bustavino (Panama)
- Permanent General Coordination: Michelle Arrocha (Panama)
- Legal Committee: Paulina Vazquez (México)
- Maritime Technical Affairs Committee: María Fernanda Ucciani (Argentina)
- Social Affairs Committee: Macarena Cladera (Uruguay)
- Mentoring Committee: Leticia Meza (Paraguay)
- Communications Committee: Draiza Medina (Venezuela)
- External Relations and International Cooperation Committee: Catherine Gonzalez (Chile)
Each Permanent Committee is composed of members of Red MAMLa.
We work on action plans to bring together Maritime Authorities, Governmental Entities, Private Enterprise, International Organizations, Associations, NGOs worldwide, in order to promote and develop concrete actions that will provide greater opportunities in leadership roles, visibility, training, recognition and empowerment of women in compliance with the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, especially with SDG 5.
- Establish cooperation and information exchange mechanisms.
- Promote the reduction of gender stereotypes.
- Inform and expand the work of the Network.
- Parity in access to education.
- Training program, implementation of the IMO instrument.
- Generation of employment opportunities and professional development.
- Meritorious filling of high-impact management or operational positions.
- Harmonization of regulations, institutional policies, guidelines or criteria, education, employment and decision-making.
Where to find us
The Republic of Panama, through the Panama Maritime Authority, was chosen as the Permanent Headquarters, which implies the responsibility of the General Coordination of Red MAMLa and maintaining contact with the representatives and members in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Contacts by Country
Laura Valeria Rodríguez Burlada
Paola Gamboa Ali
Daymara R. Juan Gil
Diana León Guamán
María Isabel López
Lizett Carrero Guillen