Seychelles women thrive in male-dominated industry
Vanessa, a worker from SOCOMEP, performs on-site monitoring and reporting on loading and unloading operations to cargo vessels, containers and discharges to the regional tuna processing factories. SOCOMEP is an enterprise that provides services for the Seychelles’ largest industry – industrial tuna fishing.
SOCOMEP stands out for its inclusion of women across all areas of the company’s work, including its managerial and scientific units.
Recently, UN Women visited Seychelles in continuation of a project with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). IORA is committed to advancing sustainable development and recognizes the Blue Economy and the empowerment of women and girls as important areas for collaboration in the dynamic and diverse communities of the region. Healthy oceans are important sources of livelihoods for billions around the world, including women. This is especially true for regions such as the Indian Ocean Rim. However, women have often been excluded from traditionally male-dominated employment, such as the fishing industry.
Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown