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Ocean Decade Virtual Series - Empowering Women in the Ocean Decade

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency


The Decade will provide a framework for collaborative and participative ocean research, and support better integration of diverse knowledge systems from different science disciplines and ocean communities.

This session, moderated by Dr. Jaqueline Uku - President, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, will explore international and national perspectives on gender in relation to science-policy practices and collaboration for a sustainable ocean, approaches to promote advancement of gender equality in the maritime sector, and highlights some inspiring examples.

It will set the stage for and inspire actors at all levels to include gender sensitive actions and activities in Decade programmes and projects.


The session will be moderated by Dr Jaqueline Uku, President - Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

Opening remarks

Dr Ariel Troisi - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission  Chair

Introduction to Gender Equality in Ocean Science
Dr Jaqueline Uku, President - Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

Panel discussion and question period
Dr Anna Jöborn, CEO - Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistras
Mrs Jean Chiazor Anishere, President - African Women in Maritime
Ms Mara Freilich, Doctoral candidate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution & Treasurer for the Society for Women in Marine Science
Dr. Geneviève Béchard, Hydrographer General of Canada, CanadianHydrographic Service
Prof Ronan Long, Director - World Maritime University-Sasakawa, Global Ocean Institute
Dr Suchana Apple Chavanich, Associate Professor, Department of Marine Science - Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)

Closing and next steps
Dr Kirsten Isensee, Programme Specialist - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission 





Marie-Elaine Boivin
Programme Specialist  - IOC of UNESCO


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