International Women’s Day: looking for equality

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There are plenty of ways to support this date, but all of them have the same purpose, which is raising awareness about the struggles of women all over the world
08 March 2019 - ERNACT  project
Some women mending nets in the Basque town of Lekeitio. Picture by Pixabay.

Nerea Martínez de Antoñana 

International Women’s Day
is annually celebrated on March 8 to call for change and to celebrate all the women’s achievements throughout history. This day was originated from the trade union movement in America in the early 20th century and by 1911 it had become international. 

Although there are still those who deny the need for this day, the reasons why it still needs to be celebrated are evident. There are plenty of ways to support this date, but all of them have the same purpose, which is raising awareness about the struggles of women all over the world.

With the objective of visualizing it, some networks, agencies or companies decide to create European competitions in order to promote women’s role in the workplace. This year we would like to promote one of these initiatives, “Women in Seafood”, as ERNACT is leading an innovation project (SAFER) that is developing a transnational network of smart seafood clusters able to drive innovation.

“Women in Seafood” is a video competition focused on recording women working in this industry with the objective of making visible their work and to promote young female professionals. This proposal highlights the importance of women in this industry, due to the fact that one in two workers is a woman. For more information on this initiative, please visit 'Women in Seafood' website

Increasing technology adoption in the seafood sector 
Not only during the International Women’s Day, ERNACT strongly supports the seafood industry sector. One of the projects led by ERNACT, SAFER or Smart Atlantic Seafood Clusters, aims to improve the innovation performance of this industry by increasing technology adoption and transnational cooperation. SAFER partner regions have already identified and shared a series of services. If you are curious about the topic, please feel free to learn more about those good practices on the SAFER website

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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