The International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI), a not-for-profit organization created by seafood and gender issues specialists, highlights gender imbalance in the industry, sheds light on women’s real contribution in the industry, and promotes greater gender diversity and inclusiveness. For its third edition the WSI video competition 2019 has hit a record with 32 entries from 14 countries, an 88% increase compared to 2018. The international jury including highly recognized professionals has awarded prizes to the three best video competition 2019.
First prize: Women of the Arousa Sea, (Galicia). “The best! Touching, Strong, positive, with context and showing diverse angles of women at sea” commented one jury member. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=_ZsfKpctXlI
Second prize: Oyster farming in Wadatar (India). “Very interesting and positive initiative, where women overcame prior opposition and go in the water.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL4uyn_SEsI
Third prize: Truchas arapa, or The Aquaculture women of Lake Arapa (Peru). “A promising aquaculture initiative where Reyna Callata Chaco a very inspirational role model provides good leadership to other women.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=z9R6Isziwa0
WSI Prize of Excellence 2019 Leadership des femmes transformatrices au Sénégal (Senegal): “Excellent video – great music and visuals, where women were at the front and innovations current and important.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilL3413SiXg
WSI Prize of Excellence 2019 Women with tradition (Peru) “A one family business inspirational for other families in the community”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=reluoGzuC_o
Finally a Special WSI mention is awarded to: Special WSI mention to Mujeres del mar, (Mexico) “Very good example of the work of a community in which women share experiences” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjvnV5jRGwM
And Special WSI mention to Mujeres a bordo (Spain, Galicia) “Highlights the key issue of prejudice on land not on board. Excellent lesson to those who do not believe a woman can do it!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=5aDn77twYNU
“The standard of all the films was high, and they demonstrated the many ways in which women are active throughout the seafood industry. There were happy tales and sad tales, tales of bravery and perseverance, and tales of the struggle against circumstance. A couple of films even brought a tear to my eye. All the women should be congratulated on their outstanding efforts; they left me in awe.” Nicki Holmyard, journalist, UK. All videos are available here: http://womeninseafood.com/videos-2019/
“We are happy to announce that the 2020 edition is open and we look forward to receiving new wonderful testimonies from all over the world, making visible the two often invisible yet paramount contribution of women to the seafood industry” said Marie Christine Monfort, WSI President.
Written by: Aquaculture Magazine Staff