Monday, 11 January 2021 14:00

Indonesian winner of the Women in Seafood video competition

EM1 21 News Int WSIOne in every two seafood workers is a woman, yet women are over-represented in the lowest paid and lowest valued positions and are seldom seen in leadership positions. Women are essential contributors to this important food industry, but they remain invisible. The need to increase awareness about women’s role in this industry and to recognize the value they bring is the objective behind the organisation Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI). Among its initiatives is an annual video competition started in 2017 inviting men and women to tell their story of women in the seafood industry. The goal is to bring attention to the gaps and challenges experienced by women in seafood and to cast light on positive stories.

 

The 2020 competition received 23 films from 15 countries and saw the introduction of a new category, ”Life under Covid” as the Covid-19 virus has severely affected seafood workers, especially women. The winning film ”Move Forward” from Indonesia portrays the uplifting story of a young girl using education and technology to help support her family.

The strong stories from all over the world are highly individual yet reflect universal values. They describe struggles, discrimination, and opportunities that women face in the seafood industry. All the films emphasise the paramount role women play in the seafood supply chain. Without them, seafood would never reach the consumer and it is time for the industry to include them in their policies, private and public, says Marie Christine Monfort, WSI Executive Director. The videos from 2020 can be found on Youtube under Women in Seafood or on the www.womeninseafood.org website and WSI is already accepting entries for the 2021 video competition which is titled, ”Let it be known.”