Published 2020-12-08

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Gender equality an important issue in marine research

As part of the United Nations’ Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–30), current issues and topics are highlighted in an online series. Mistra’s CEO Anna Jöborn recently participated in the ‘Empowering Women in the Ocean Decade’ section, which explored gender equality in ocean science and the marine sector.

Anna Jöborn, CEO of Mistra

As one of the world’s experts in the field, Jöborn has been appointed to the Executive Planning Group of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–30). In the section she joined, facts about gender equality were presented and the panellists discussed challenges and opportunities for women’s full participation in work for sustainable oceans. The group members also shared inspiring examples and methods of promoting gender equality in decision-making in the marine sector, as well as research.

‘I hope my experience may encourage more women to get involved in marine research. To deal with the challenges we face, we have to release the whole of society’s potential. To engage women in sustainable ocean science, we must intervene early. We need to offer training and resources to generate capacity in developing countries. And there have to be women sitting at the tables where decisions are made.’