Did you know that women represent nearly half of those employed in fisheries globally? Women in this sector are significant contributors to household income and food security, and their economic contributions are often the mainstay of family and community sustenance. However, their work is often undervalued and unrecognized and they are vastly under-represented in policy and decision-making spaces.
UN Women and Nilanjana Biswas from the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers shared the key findings of the new report: Women’s Economic Empowerment in Fisheries in the Blue Economy of the Indian Ocean Rim: A Baseline Report. The webinar highlighted the ways in which the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) can be used to support and advance women in this sector. We also heard from Andre Siregar, Director for Asia-Pacific and African Intra and Inter-regional Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. He was also representing Indonesia as the Coordinating Country for Fisheries Management in IORA.
A recording of this webinar is available here.
This webinar is part of a series on the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) organized by the UN Women project "Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean Rim". This project is generously funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is being implemented in coordination with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).
The full list of activities under the IORA-UN Women partnership, supported by the Government of Australia, is available here.