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EU initiates WINBLUE Project to empower women in Blue Economy


Brussels, 19 April 2024 (TDI): The European Union initiated the WINBLUE Project to empower women in a Blue Economy to facilitate women’s participation in decision-making positions in five blue economy sectors.

Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs related to the Blue Economy.

The WINBLUE project, funded by the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), aims to change that. Since May 2023, WINBLUE has been working to empower women in five key Blue Economy sectors.

EMFAF says that women have fewer job opportunities in STEM. Their work in the Blue Economy does not get enough attention or value.

WINBLUE as Problem-Solver

WINBLUE is fixing this problem. EMFAF is doing research and teaming up with others to get more women into top roles in circular blue bioeconomy and biotechnology, aquaculture and fisheries, Offshore renewable energy, sustainable coastal tourism, and adCINEMAvanced enabling technologies (AI, Robotics, ICT) for marine ecosystem protection and restoration.

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The project will look at gender data and start five WINBLUE labs. They will work with public and private partners to design plans for gender equality, make programs to train and coach women. As well as to check how gender inclusivity is going and to find and share successful ways of doing things.

WINBLUE already made a Virtual Community Platform. It is a place to share knowledge, help careers, and make new ideas.

Expected Outcomes

The following are the expected outcomes of WINBLUE:

  • WINBLUE Observatory: Keep an eye on women’s roles in the project’s five sectors.
  • Training Package: Help partners and others share skills.
  • Stakeholder Mapping: Find important people and good strategies.
  • Best Practice Sheet: Show top ways of doing things and gender plans for each sector.
  • Strategic Agenda: Use good things from WINBLUE labs and project results.


WINBLUE, with support from EMFAF, is making big changes for women in the Blue Economy. By breaking down barriers of gender inequality, WINBLUE is making a better, more balanced future.

WINBLUE is already making great progress by conducting surveys to understand the current situation of women in the Blue Economy.

Moreover, WINBLUE has established labs to develop strategies for gender equality. Partnering with industry leaders to create training programs for women. Building a network of stakeholders to share knowledge and best practices.

WINBLUE’s Virtual Community Platform connects women in the Blue Economy. It’s a space to learn, grow careers, and explore new ideas.

By empowering women, WINBLUE is creating positive change in the Blue Economy.  More women in leadership means stronger innovation and greater success.

In short, the European Union initiated the CINEMAWINBLUE Project. WINBLUE is making big changes in the Blue Economy by supporting women and promoting fairness. With teamwork and a clear goal, WINBLUE is shaping a more innovative and brighter future for women.

Tehreem Ahmad
Tehreem Ahmadhttps://www.rights-revolution.com/
I'm currently studying International Relations at NUML. Along the way, I've gained lots of experience through internships and courses, which have sharpened my skills in understanding global politics and foreign policy. Right now, I'm working as a Research Fellow at The Diplomatic Insight, where I write articles and press releases. I'm also passionate about learning new things, whether it's through online courses or volunteering for causes I care about, like human rights and the environment. In the future, I hope to use my knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on global affairs.

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