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A Blue Economy for Women’s Economic Empowerment

04 November 2019
12:30 - 14:00

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Date:   4 November 2019
Time:   12h30 – 14h00
Venues:  Video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal Livestream by Vidyo
Presenter:   Prof. Joleen Steyn Kotze, DGSD, HSRC Chair: Michael Cosser, DGSD, HSRC

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) committed itself to a framework of gender equality through advancing women’s economic empowerment through the Blue Economy (IORA, 2016). At the heart of sustainable development for the IORA countries is the need to facilitate women’s economic empowerment, drawing on the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The vehicle through which to facilitate women’s economic empowerment in IORA is the key sectors of the Blue Economy. To this effect, the notions of both the Blue Economy and Women’s Economic Empowerment are cross-cutting issues that inform IORA’s 2017 – 2021 Action Plan. Although women have played an important economic role in the Indian Ocean for generations, they face a multitude of barriers to full economic inclusion in the Indian Ocean’s Blue Economy. 

In this presentation we explore the Blue Economy as a vehicle for women’s economic empowerment. Drawing on a three-pronged approach – incorporating a policy and literature review; elite interviews; and secondary data analysis of available data – we highlight the necessity for sufficient data from all member states to understand the participation rate of women in key Blue Economy sectors in order to facilitate women’s economic empowerment through the Blue Economy. We engage in a gendered policy analysis to determine the extent of women’s inclusion in the Indian Ocean’s Blue Economy sectors and make specific recommendations to facilitate an enabling environment and creative policy thinking and development for women’s economic empowerment through the Blue Economy.

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