International Women's Day 2020
This Sunday 8th March we join the global celebration of women’s achievements around the world and pledge our commitment to taking action for equality.
This year the theme is #EachForEqual, emphasising the importance of an equal and enabled world. Enabling is something that is close to our hearts at Blue Ventures; we support coastal communities to rebuild their fisheries, expanding their livelihoods and income opportunities and empowering them to plan for the future.
Women make up nearly half of small-scale fishers around the coastal tropics and are present throughout the value chain, yet their contributions remain poorly recognised. International Women’s Day provides another opportunity for us to focus on their vital contributions and amplify their stories.
In doing this, we are reminded of the fundamental, ongoing need to champion the rights of women throughout our marine conservation mission, whether that is their right to earn, their right to be heard or their right to choose.
#EachForEqual reminds us that gender equality transcends oceans, borders and cultures, but to achieve an equal and enabled world, we must be committed to understanding local contexts and responding to the needs of communities.
For Blue Ventures, this means continuing to listen to the women and men that we work with, promoting gender equality in a locally led and multifaceted way.