How to boost women’s economic participation in the Blue Economy? That is the central question of the A Blue Economy for Women’s Economic Empowerment report. The report was prepared for IORA by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa, supported by the United Kingdom. Capacity building, education, data collection, academic collaboration, and better monitoring and evaluation are all part of the way forward.
A new report examines women’s economic empowerment in one of IORA’s most important focus areas: the Blue Economy. The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa has prepared the report – A Blue Economy for Women’s Economic Empowerment – based on literature review, interviews and data analysis. Read the report here.
Recommendations focus on capacity building initiatives for officials, education and awareness raising, ways to improve data collection and research collaboration, increase collaboration with Non-Government Organisations, structural ways for IORA to better integrate women’s empowerment issues, and improving monitoring and evaluation of projects implemented in this area.
This report adds to literature focussed on women’s empowerment specifically in the Indian Ocean Rim region, such as UN Women’s baseline report Enabling Women’s Contributions to the Indian Ocean Rim Economies (2015), available here. Further research is forthcoming, conducted by UN Women as part of the three-year Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Indian ocean Rim project.
The report was prepared with the support of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The UK is an active Dialogue Partner within IORA.
Read the report here.
More information on IORA’s work on Women’s Economic Empowerment is available here.
More information on IORA’s work on the Blue Economy is available here.