February 13, 2023
for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for
about the programme
A Commitment to Improve Gender Equality in Ocean Research and Science Dependant Governance Systems
With support from Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the purpose of this research programme is to advance an alternative, inclusive model for the sustainable governance of ocean spaces and maritime activities that duly takes into account the need to ensure effective gender equality and the empowerment of women at all levels in order to ensure the sustainable management of the global ocean. The programme is endorsed as an Ocean Decade Action by IOC-UNESCO. For more information - download the Programme Brochure here.
The Programme aims to investigate tools and pathways to ensure that gender equality is a central pillar for partner institutions as well as all Decade Initiatives.
- Collect baseline data
- Set general and specific objectives based on research and consultation
- Promote openness, transparency and responsibility
- Ensure gender norms inform all decision-making and management actions
- Monitor performance on the attainment of specific equality targets
- 2025 - Report, Reassess and React
Research findings will identify key barriers and good practice contributing to a proposed Strategy and Action Plan to help deliver equal opportunities for full participation and leadership by women at all levels of ocean science under the Ocean Decade. The Programme will enhance ongoing collaborations with partners including intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, research institutes, universities, and individuals to deliver substantive research outputs contributing to transformative actions.
objectives & outputs
2 Research Strands
Role of gender equality and empowerment of women in ocean science bodies.
Gender equality in the regulatory and ocean science governance systems that coordinate, manage and mediate ocean science.
Meet the Research Team
Dr. Mariamalia Rodriguez-Chaves
"The acknowledgement of the critical role of women in different professional areas has been advancing, however there are still gaps and challenges that must be addressed, and finding those key issues through this project could identify tangible actions and opportunities to empower women in ocean science."
Understanding the role of gender in international bodies and NGOs involved in the practice and delivery of marine science.
"I’m interested in exploring how we can remove barriers, and identify strategies that will help encourage and promote women into leadership positions."
Understanding the role of gender in the practice of international marine science - The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) as a case study.
Renis Auma Ojwala
"It is never too late to change the negative social norms that hinder women participation in Ocean Science"
Recruitment, retention and advancement of women in ocean scientific research and governance in Western Indian Ocean Region.
Director, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute
Programme Co-Principal Investigator (Nippon Foundation Post)
Sustainable Fisheries Management,
Ocean Biodiversity and Marine
External Expert on Gender
Associate Professor, Programme Principal Investigator, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute
Project Engagement and Implementation Officer, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute
Head of Research, WMU-Sasakawa
Global Ocean Institute
Senior Secretary, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute
NEWS AND DELIVERABLES
February 7, 2023
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July 16, 2021
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January 12, 2021
September 24, 2020
- Johannesen, E., Auma Ojwala, R., Chavez-Rodriguez, M., Neat, F., Kitada, M., Buckingham, S., Schofield, C., Long, R., Jarnsäter, J. & Zhen, S. (2022). The sea change needed for gender equality in ocean-going research. Special Issues of Marine Technology Society Journal, 3, 18-24. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.56.3.6
- Ojwala, R.A., Kitada, M. Neat, F., Buckingham, S. (2022) 'Effectiveness of gender policies in achieving gender equality in ocean science programmes in public universities in Kenya', Marine Policy, 144. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2022.105237
- Sun, Z.; Kitada, M.; Buckingham, S.; Chavez-Rodriguez, M.; Jarnsäter, J.; Johannesen, E.; Long, R.; Neat, F.; Ojwala, R. A. and Schofield, C. (2022) Empowering Women for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, Marine Technology Society Journal, 3, 108-109. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.56.3.31
- E Johannesen, F Barz, D J Dankel, S B M Kraak (2023) Gender and early career status: variables of participation at an international marine science conference, ICES Journal of Marine Science, fsad028. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsad028
- Zhen Sun, Ronán Long, Mariamalia Rodriguez-Chaves, Momoko Kitada, Francis Neat, Clive Schofield, Susan Buckingham, Jill Jarnsäter, Elnaz Barjandi, Renis Auma Ojwala and Ellen Johannesen (Ed.), Empowering Women for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, Malmö: World Maritime University, 2021
- J. Van Stavel; …E. Johanesen; R. Ojwala, et. al. "Towards an increase in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in international ocean observing practices and initiatives," OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto, 2021, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.23919/OCEANS44145.2021.9706081.
- Long R, Z. Sun, M. Rodriguez-Chaves, ‘Gender Leadership for the UN Decade of Ocean Science: The Pioneering Role of the International Seabed Authority’ in Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera and Nordquist M (eds), The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Part XI Regime and the International Seabed Authority: A Twenty-Five Year Journey (Leiden/Boston: Brill/Nijhoff, 2022). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004507388_010
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