Mundus maris newsletter: March 2019
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Women and Ocean - Mundus maris Awards for World Oceans Day 2019: The Female Faces for Thinking the Ocean. The United Nations have dedicated World Oceans Day 2019 to Women and Ocean. Mundus maris and its partners contribute with the following contest and its prizes.

How can you think the Ocean in the light of a woman's life, work and happiness? Be inspired by your daily life, the memories of your family, the traditions of your community, your research on nature and culture, your knowledge of history, and your imagination for the future world. Submit your unique view and idea!

We launched the contest for individual and project submissions by groups fittingly on 8 March, International Women's Day. It's high time to recognise the contributions of women in fisheries, where they ensure many managerial responsibilities as the men are away fishing, and constitute about half the work force. But they are selectively threatened by poverty and status loss as their work still tends to be invisible, unpaid and not accounted for. Women are also active in many other ocean-related activities and often the standard bearers of maritime cultures.

The ocean needs YOU, the women need support and recognition for their work. Let's celebrate their unique contributions at World Oceans Day, 8 June. Participate in the contest for Mundus maris Awards! Get all the information here.

Volunteers for supporting the contest by serving on the International Jury (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish) to pick the winners, please contact .
Support our work with a donation
Thanks to those who gave us some of their time in March for translations or corrections of web articles in five languages DE, EN, ES, FR and IT. The response was super and we are grateful for the improvements achieved. Can you volunteer with us in organising events for World Oceans Day (8 June) in Argentina, Belgium, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and elsewhere? Do you want to become a member and / or get involved in other ways? Contact us at

Thank you!

Cornelia E. Nauen and the entire Mundus maris team

Activities around the world

Investing in women in small-scale fisheries in Senegal

The committee of the Initiative to develop the small-scale fisheries academy in Senegal has had its constituent session on 23 March in Yoff adopting its operational guideline and deliberating about which of the priorities identified during the inaugural plenary should be tackled first. Given our work with the women whose major contributions are often poorly paid, unacknowledged and insufficiently recognised Mundus maris is doing a fund raising towards the implementation of support to several women's groups. Contact us at with your ideas or donate directly to our account at the Belfius Bank IBAN BE54 0688 9178 6297 note “women”! THANK YOU!

Ocean dialogues, Brussels, Belgium, 18-19 March 2019

Two coordination projects funded by the European Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme - MARINA and ResponSEAble - joined forces again for their final event. The ocean dialogues at the science-policy-society interface convened 18-19 March 2019 in Brussels were intended to draw together findings, showcasing educational tools in support of Ocean Literacy (OL) and promote responsible research and innovation (RRI) for effective ocean governance. Four topics were discussed in some depth and networking was rife.
Find out more

High-level conference “Oceans – the future of the blue planet”

Gesine Meissner (left), Special Envoy of the President of the European Parliament (EP) on Maritime Affairs, opened the event in the hemicycle in Brussels, 20 March 2019, marking a premiere for the spotlight on the ocean in the EP. The conference was organised jointly by the EP and the European Commission. Until the early hours of the evening a long list of speakers took the floor to attest their commitment to the ocean, its sustainable use, recognition of its major role in stabilising the planet's climate and a vast array of essential goods and services: Euro-deputies, senior officials of the European Commission and national governments, scientists, representatives of young people, civil society, businesses, educators and media people.
Discover more about the event

15 March: Climate strike in Brussels and around the globe

After weeks of Fridays for Climate that raised the temperature of the public debate, Brussels saw the biggest climate strike march in 24 Belgian cities and towns. Led by young people, but mobilising participants of all age groups, civil society organisations, trade unions, various public administration personnel the marchers sent a clear signal to politicians and companies to stop dragging their feet and act.
Read more about the march
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