Saturday, March 2, 2024

Program launch for women in the Australian seafood industry

A NEW program focused on the development, advocacy and support of women participating the Australian seafood industry was launched at World Aquaculture 2023 in Darwin last week.

Women in Seafood Australasia (WISA) is delivering the Turn the Tide, a national three-year $3.36m program. The program is funded by the Leadership and Development Program Lead and Succeed grant from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women.

WISA executive officer Kirsten Abernethy says Turn the Tide takes an innovative approach which has been specifically designed to support the needs of women working in Australian seafood production.

“We have such an incredibly diverse industry and workforce, but women have not always been recognised and supported in the valuable contribution they make to our sector.

“There are systematic and cultural barriers women face throughout their careers, so our task is to make workplaces more attractive for us to thrive in, free of bias and safe from sexual harassment.

“With Turn the Tide we have a great opportunity to elevate the work women do and grow the capacity, confidence and leadership capabilities of this important cohort.

“If we can achieve that, the Australian seafood sector will certainly thrive.”

Organisers are encouraging women in all roles and levels of experience to participate.

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