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Empowering Women in Hydrography

International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) - Monaco

All Ocean Basins, Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean, Project, Skills, knowledge and technology for all

The Empowering Women in Hydrography project aims to enable more women to participate equitably in the field of hydrography and to reach more leadership roles.

Hydrography, like other fields in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), sees an imbalance between the participation of women compared to men. This inequity is emphasized at advanced career echelons; for example, currently only 6 out of the 97 Member States of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) have a National Hydrographer who is a woman.

This project will coordinate activities and outreach initiatives to raise awareness about the issue of gender equity, with the participation of IHO Member States. It will include a study of the numbers of women in leadership positions, training opportunities and symposiums, and the establishment of a mentoring network. A communication campaign will highlight women role models in the ocean community, with a focus on women in hydrography. Canada, Norway and the United Kingdom have already agreed to participate.

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Empowering Women for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Start date: 01/04/2021
End date: 31/03/2024

Lead Contact: Leonel Manteigas (