UMM’s Women’s Empowerment Program Gets UN Approval
The World Maritime University (WUU) Research and Capacity Building Program on Women’s Empowerment for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science (Women’s Empowerment Program) has been approved as a ‘Decade action ”by the United Nations Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission for Education, Science and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO).
The program will strengthen the capacity to explore and promote women’s empowerment and gender equality in the conduct of ocean science and in science-dependent governance systems. The research results will identify key barriers and good practices contributing to a proposed strategy and action plan to help provide equal opportunities for full participation and leadership of women at all levels of ocean science under of the Ocean Decade.
WMU’s Empowering Women program is generously sponsored by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), with additional support from the Nippon Foundation, and is delivered by a multidisciplinary team from the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute.
“The Decade of the Ocean provides a golden opportunity to achieve gender equality in ocean science. I firmly believe that through a series of initiatives, the Empowering Women Program, implemented by the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, will strengthen the capacity to explore and promote women’s empowerment and gender equality in the conduct of ocean science, as well as in “dependent governance systems” science, said Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the UMM. “We could not be happier that the importance of this program has been duly recognized by IOC-UNESCO. “
The Ocean Decade promotes “the science we need for the ocean we want” by strengthening international scientific cooperation. It also contributes to United Nations processes protecting the ocean and its resources, such as the SAMOA path, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Sendai Framework for Risk Reduction. disaster.