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Gender equality and empowering women
 
Haenyo, or sea women, statue in Jeju, Korea. The UN is committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment to assure that women and men enjoy the same status and have equal opportunities to realize their full human rights and potential.

Gender equality is the equal valuing by society of both the similarities and the differences between women and men and the different roles they play. Targeted measures are often needed to compensate for historical and social disadvantages that prevent women and men from otherwise being equals. These measures may necessitate different treatment of women and men in order to ensure an equal outcome. It is fundamental - and beneficial for all - that women are able to participate in all spheres of life and society.   See More...
Photo title: Haenyo, or sea women, statue in Jeju, Korea.
Photo credit: © Chosun Bimbo 2 via Wikimedia Commons.
 
Women in marine science
 
© MOI,  Ruby Moothien Pillay and colleagues of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute.Marine science is as vast as the ocean, and research on the ocean – that is, oceanography - has united biology, physics, chemistry, ecology, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, computer and electronic engineering, marine instrumentation and other disciplines in investigations of the marine environment. Though women have succeeded in breaking into many previously male-dominated fields in recent years, it is still unusual to find them in marine science and technology careers.
The UNESCO-IOC has recently launched a series of articles highlighting the contribution of women to marine science.   See More...
Photo title: © MOI,  Ruby Moothien Pillay and colleagues of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute.
Photo credit: © MOI
 
Women in fisheries
 
Fisheries are essential to the well-being of millions of people in the developing world, supporting the livelihoods of 540 million. Capture fisheries and aquaculture provide direct employment for over 45 million people - add to that the important secondary sectors such as handling and processing and women represent half of those involved.   See More...
A woman collects fish and sipu at sunset in the Dili District, Timor-Leste
Photo title: A woman collects fish and sipu at sunset in the Dili District, Timor-Leste
Photo credit: UN Photo/Martine Perret
 
 
 
 
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First French Female Shipmaster
Mer et Maritime
01 August 2007

SeaFrance has appointed Caroline Lallement, pictured, as master of its Nord Pas-de-Calais freight ferry - making her not just the Calais-Dover operator's first woman to command a ship, but also the first in France.
Read more at http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=105097.
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