Breaking Waves: Empowering Women and Eradicating Gender-Based Violence in the Blue Economy

In a world where one in three women experiences violence throughout their lifetime, the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) is more crucial than ever. 

Breaking Waves: Empowering Women and Eradicating Gender-Based Violence in the Blue Economy

This International Day to End Violence against Women, we shed light on a less-explored dimension of this issue: harassment and violence in the blue economy. We want to recognise and address the challenges faced by women in the maritime industry and delve into the intersection of GBV and the blue economy, exploring the impact on women's careers and the collective efforts to foster a safer and more inclusive maritime world.

The Maritime Industry: Not Immune to GBV

Despite advancements in various sectors, the maritime industry remains susceptible to gender-based violence. From sexual harassment on ships to discrimination in the workplace, women in the blue economy often face obstacles that hinder their professional growth. The statistics provided by UN Women serve as a stark reminder that GBV is not confined to any specific industry—it permeates even the vast, open waters.

Hindering Progression and Discouraging Aspirations

One significant consequence of gender-based violence in the blue economy is its adverse impact on women's career progression. The fear of harassment can discourage talented women from pursuing careers in maritime sectors, limiting diversity and perpetuating a male-dominated industry. This not only deprives women of opportunities but also hampers the overall growth and innovation potential of the blue economy.

Recognising Resilience in the Blue Economy

Amidst the challenges, it is essential to acknowledge and celebrate the resilience of women in the Blue Economy. The stories of triumph over adversity, of women breaking barriers and paving the way for future generations, inspire us all. The collective strength of women in the maritime industry is a testament to their unwavering commitment to shaping the future of the blue economy.

Empowering the Future

As we commemorate the International Day to End Violence against Women, let us recommit ourselves to eliminating violence in all its forms. Together, we can empower women in the blue economy, ensuring they have equal opportunities, a safe working environment, and the support needed to thrive. By breaking the cycle of gender-based violence, we contribute not only to the well-being of individuals but also to the prosperity of the entire blue economy.

By fostering awareness, providing support networks, and advocating for policy changes, WIN-BIG is committed to supporting efforts to eradicate violence and harassment in the blue sectors. We stand with women navigating the challenges of the maritime world and through our initiatives, we strive to create a culture that values diversity, equality, and safety for all.

In the vast expanse of the blue economy, let us work together to create a tide of change—one that washes away the stains of gender-based violence. Through awareness, support, and advocacy, we can build a maritime industry where women are not only safe from harassment but also empowered to lead and innovate. The journey toward a more inclusive and equitable blue economy begins with acknowledging the challenges, celebrating resilience, and fostering a collective commitment to a future free from gender-based violence.

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