Leading Women for the Ocean at the World Ocean Summit
May 24, 2024
Key Takeaways on Gender Equality from the World Ocean Summit’s 'How To' Session

The blue economy, encompassing all activities related to ocean, seas, and coasts, holds immense potential for growth and sustainability. However, significant gender disparities persist, limiting its full potential. Addressing these gaps is crucial for fairness, efficiency, and large-scale positive impacts. Insights from The Economist's 11th Annual World Ocean Summit & Expo provide practical strategies to close this gender gap.

Insights from the 'How To' Session

On March 13th, the summit featured a 'How To' session titled "How to close the gender gap in the blue economy." This session highlighted the disparities between men and women’s participation in the blue economy and emphasized the importance of an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Key strategies included:

  • Promoting Ocean Literacy and Education: Integrating ocean-related subjects into school curriculums and providing targeted training programs to educate women and local communities.
  • Developing Inclusive Policies: Formulating strategies to encourage female participation, including gender representation quotas in policy-making bodies.
  • Improving Working Conditions: Ensuring good work-life balance, flexible working conditions, and equitable benefits like maternity and paternity leave.
  • Gathering and Utilizing Data: Collecting comprehensive data on women’s participation across blue economy sectors to identify gaps and monitor progress.
  • Encouraging Leadership and Mentorship: Increasing representation in leadership roles and providing mentorship and coaching opportunities.
  • Changing Cultural Norms: Raising awareness about gender equality and encouraging both men and women to share experiences and advocate for change.
  • Engaging Youth: Inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in the blue economy through success stories and education.

Moving Forward

Closing the gender gap in the blue economy requires efforts from policymakers, educational institutions, the private sector, and NGOs. By implementing these strategies and fostering a culture of inclusion, we can unlock the blue economy’s full potential.

For more detailed insights and action points, you can download the session summary here.