To meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI) is calling for greater gender equality in the seafood industry.

In September 2015, the UN led a process seeking to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate crisis, resulting in the worldwide adoption of 17 SDGs to be fixed by 2030.

The fisheries and aquaculture industries have devised numerous actions to reach SDG14 (Seas and marine resource sustainability) but are lagging behind on SDG5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) with women still invisible, excluded and discriminated against. If the seafood industry were a country, it would be one of the most gender unequal in the world

WSI says that the leaders of the industry, predominantly male, are unaware of the actual gender imbalance and the detrimental impacts on the sector as a whole. According to an WSI survey, 55% of male leaders consider that this problem is solved and 85% agree that they don’t pay attention to it. The WSI is therefore calling for actions with no delay if SDG5 is to be met.

Because gender equalities clearly benefit business, the WSI is offering to help all fishing and aquaculture stakeholders, corporations, professional organisations and NGOs devise concrete projects to help achieve a better gender balance.

Anonymous. (2020). WSI CALLS FOR GENDER EQUALITY IN SEAFOOD. [Blog]. WSI CALLS FOR GENDER EQUALITY IN SEAFOOD. Available at: . [Accessed 2 March 2020].

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