By Farah Obaidullah - originally published on LinkedIn
2019 is the year we celebrate gender and the ocean – or at least that is the theme for this year’s UN World Oceans Day! Brilliant. The nexus of women and the ocean is getting the spotlight, at least for now. You might wonder why women are important to ocean health and vice versa and I’ll gladly point you to some great resources here and here.
But what I want to talk about is what these well-intended themes reveal to me about the way we are going about saving our ocean. Before I do so, I want to make clear that I welcome themes as a way of raising important issues of global concern.
I have spent a fair bit of time working for non-profit organisations and I am proud of the work I have been able to do through these organisations. I have campaigned for healthy oceans be it through better governance of the High Seas, tackling illegal fishing, pushing for sustainable seafood and calling for protected areas at sea. Most recently I have been pushing for recognition of the intersection between women and oceans. If we want to achieve healthy oceans we must bring women to the table in all aspects of decision making around the ocean.
While you are here: Women4Oceans is currently run entirely by volunteers. With your help we can continue to spread the word on the importance of lifting women's voices in the blue space. In 2019, W4O focus will be to upgrade our platform making it easier for women to connect and be made visible. We will also be focussed on capturing the incredible work women do for our oceans through film. Help us help the ocean!
The Ocean needs you! - Thank You.