Women in the Seafood Industry asks for more responses to survey

WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry, has called for more responses to its international survey for seafood professionals, which it launched this fall.

The survey, “Gender on the Agenda of the Seafood Industry,” is designed to help understand the perception that men and women have regarding the work women do within the industry, according to WSI Co-founder and President Marie Christine Monfort.

“One in two seafood workers is a woman,” Monfort said. “Women’s contribution to the seafood industry is crucial but often ignored, thus it remains invisible and unrecognized.”

WSI was founded in December 2016 as a nonprofit association dedicated to shedding light on the participation of in the seafood industry, highlighting gender imbalance and promoting greater diversity and inclusiveness. 

In September, WSI opened the survey, which is available in English, French, and Spanish, and is open through December 2017. Monfort said that all responses are anonymous and that she would like to see more men take the survey.

This short questionnaire includes 18 questions informing about the personal occupation and position of the respondent, his or her perception the position that women occupy in the seafood industry and, more specifically, in his or her company.

“It will contribute to better understand what seafood folks perceive and to collect ideas for improvements,” Monfort said. “Respondents are invited to suggest solutions, and if they have seen  any improvement, to share their positive experiences.”

The results will be shared with the industry in February 2018, Monfort said.


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