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The “WSI Video competition 2020” discovered and awarded prizes to extraordinary stories from Indonesia, UK, Japan, India and Tanzania.

Winners of the WSI Video competition 2020 Revealed

  (FRANCE, 1/11/2021)

Among the 23 films in competition from 15 countries, the international jury had the sensitive mission of determining the Official Awards. This year, WSI opened a “life under Covid” film category as COVID virus has severely hit the seafood workers especially women.

The international jury including highly recognised professionals (see below) has awarded prizes to:

First prize: Move forward (Indonesia)

“What a positive, inclusive, and hopeful vision of role of women in fisheries” says John Parks Senior Associate, TetraTech consultant. “An uplifting story of education and technology” confirms Milika Sobey human and fishing rights expert in the Pacific region.

Second prize: Women in fisheries: our stories (United Kingdom)

The Exeter (UK) based producing team share their enthusiasm “We are absolutely delighted to have be awarded the second prize in this competition amongst many excellent contributions showcasing women’s work and positions in fisheries from around the world. We hope that achieving this international and prestigious recognition from WSI will help us to push for better national recognition of the work women do in UK fisheries.”


Third prize Changing tradition: Nadeshico sushi (Japan)

“This unique film offers a good example of perseverance, entrepreneurship  and women changing traditions” commented jury member Zuridah Merican Editor & Publisher of AQUA CULTURE Asia Pacific.


Third prize Women fishworkers: our story matters (Tanzania)

In a very different style, the film from Tanzania collected the same votes as the Japanese story. WSI is delighted to distribute a second third prize to this outstanding story.


Category “Life under COVID”

2020 has hit women hard in the seafood industry with, to only mention it, the closure of markets, the sole source of income to many of them. WSI is proud to make the two following stories visible:

First prize Overcoming tribulations: the story of Ramani (India)

“Very powerful and poignant story of Ramani fish seller in adapting to the dramatic 2020 Covid19 pandemic, and adapting with audacity in buying a scooter so rare for a woman in India and bravery”.

Special WSI mention No work, no money, no food (India)

“No Work, No Money, No Food was the stark reality facing women fishers as a direct result of the statewide lockdowns brought on by the Covid pandemic”.

The French development Agency, supporter of the WSI video competition

"The French Development Agency is proud to support the WSI competition, which demonstrate by example that the role of women in the fisheries and aquaculture sector is paramount. By making their experiences public and visible, these videos, which we must all share widely, should encourage decision-makers to take them into account in development policies and projects.” commented AFD fisheries experts’ team.

Members of the jury

The 2020 jury includes 7 experts from the four corners of the globe.

·        Africa based Ayobola Adedayo, Senior Product Consultant, Executive MBA at INSEAD,

·        Asia based Zuridah Merican Editor & Publisher of AQUA CULTURE Asia Pacific,

·        Europe based Nicole Franz, Fishery Analyst, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO,

·        Middle East based Hasna Al-Harthy, Assistant FAO Representative for Oman,

·        North America, John Parks Senior Associate, TetraTech consultant,

·        Pacific based Milika Sobey, human and fishing rights expert

·        South America based Eduardo Gonzalez Lemmi, CEO Glaciar Pesquera S.A.

Marie Christine Monfort, WSI Executive director insists “The strong stories from all over the world are all very singular and universal at the same time. They describe struggles, discriminations and opportunities that women face in the seafood industry. In all cases this films say that women play a paramount role along the seafood supply chain. Without them, seafood would never reach the consumers and it is time for the industry to include them in their policies, private and public.”

“We are happy to announce that WSI open its doors for the 2021 Video competition. Let it be known.”

About The International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry

The  WSI (International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry) is a not-for-profit association created by seafood professionals and gender specialists.

It emerged from the growing recognition that women’s participation in the global seafood industry is very significant, yet it is often undervalued by private stakeholders and overlooked by public policies. Globally, one in every two seafood workers is a woman. However, they are very few in leadership positions and over-represented in lowest paid, lowest valued positions. Women are essential contributors to this important food supplying industry, but they remain invisible.

Source: WSI

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