How to promote the presence of women in the port industry – Meeting with Sandra Opoku, director of the port of Tema in Ghana

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Sandra Opoku

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, WeCAPS – West and Central Africa Port security, European Union project implemented by Expertise France, wanted to challenge stereotypes that limit women and girls in the maritime and port industry. The communication expert of the project, Marion Piccio, caught up with Sandra Opoku, Director of the port of Tema in Ghana. Read how today she chooses to reject gender-biased attitudes and instead encourage women to pursue a career in this field.

Marion Piccio: Notwithstanding the progress made and the increase participation of women in the port sector, women do face several barriers in gaining access to this field. What did you study and how did you get into the port industry?

Sandra Opoku: I have a Bachelor of Laws degree and was called to the bar in 2001. In 2005 I obtained a Masters in maritime law from IMO International Maritime Law Institute in Malta.  I also have a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Port Management from the Galilee college on Israel and a certificate from UNCTAD in Modern Port Management and Master’s in Human Resource Management.  My interest at the beginning was to pursue a legal career but in the corporate world. Then, when I got into Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) it opened more avenues in the maritime and port industries because the legal department is an advisory one so you have to learn and appreciate what happens in the other departments especially the Operations Department where we get a lot of claims.

Marion Piccio: Notwithstanding the progress made and the increase participation of women in the port sector, women do face several barriers in gaining access to this field. What did you study and how did you get into the port industry?

Marion Piccio: Notwithstanding the progress made and the increase participation of women in the port sector, women do face several barriers in gaining access to this field. What did you study and how did you get into the port industry?

Marion Piccio: Notwithstanding the progress made and the increase participation of women in the port sector, women do face several barriers in gaining access to this field. What did you study and how did you get into the port industry?

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