Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

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The objectives of the network will include the following:


  1. Promote networking among women marine scientists within the region.
  2. Increase the participation of women marine scientists in the WIO in research and decision-making bodies – as project researchers, leaders, and coordinators, in review and evaluation panels as well as high-level expert groups.
  3. Promote the understanding and the inclusion of the gender dimension in science and research policy in the marine scientific fields as well as an inclusive, gender-sensitive notion of excellence and innovation.
  4. Raise awareness for and promote changes related to female representation in marine science-related activities, education and careers
    Encourage young women to pursue careers in the different fields of marine science, including management and provide mentoring and professional development actions.