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The IORA-UN Women Women’s Economic Empowerment Project

IORA is collaborating with UN Women to strengthen research on women’s economic empowerment, and promote the Women’s Empowerment Principles in the region, supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.



UN Women’s Promoting women’s economic empowerment in the Indian Ocean Rim project was launched in 2018 with the support of the Australian Government and in collaboration with IORA. The project will be implemented over a period of three years (2018-2021) and will build on an earlier UN Women-IORA project supported by Australia, which produced a baseline study of women’s economic empowerment, Enabling Women’s Contributions to the Indian Ocean Rim Economies  (2015) and an interactive infographic, Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean (2017).

 

Research: The project is supporting two substantive research reports to help fill the gaps concerning women’s economic empowerment in the region. The first study is a detailed research report on the status of women’s participation in the fisheries sector, and was launched by Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, on 17 December 2020.  The second study will build upon the 2015 baseline report and explore emerging issues for women’s economic empowerment more broadly in the region.

 

Capacity building: The project is also conducting capacity-building activities virtually (by webinar) and in person in the region, to foster enabling environments for women’s economic empowerment. The focus is encouraging IORA-wide adoption and implementation of the well-established Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

 

The project is set to finish by 2021.

 

To learn more or to get involved in the project, monitor our social media for upcoming activities (tentatively listed below) or contact hq@iora.int.

 

Upcoming activities (tentatively scheduled, monitor our social media for updates):

  • April 2021: Virtual training: Women entrepreneurs virtual café - Supporting women entrepreneurs in the Indian Ocean Rim region in the context of COVID-19
  • April 2021: Webinar: Supporting women entrepreneurs in the Indian Ocean Rim region in the context of COVID-19
  • Webinar: Gender and Tourism
  • May 2021: Webinar: Topic TBC
  • May 2021: Workshop: Topic TBC

Past Activities:

  • 23 March 2021: Webinar - Closing the Gender Pay Gap in the Indian Ocean Rim

A recording of this webinar will be available soon.

A recording of this webinar is available here.

A recording of this webinar is available here.

A recording of this webinar is available here.

  • 17 December 2020: Launch by Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, of the research report ‘Women’s economic empowerment in fisheries in the blue economy of the Indian Ocean Rim: A baseline report.’

The report is available here.

  • 9 December 2020Webinar: Implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in Conflict-Affected States (Virtual Meeting)

A recording of this webinar is available here.

A recording of this webinar is available here.

A recording of this webinar is available here.

A recording of this webinar is available here.

 The project supports IORA’s broader work on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

 

 

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