The discussion centred around understanding the reasons for the gaps in women representation within the maritime sector, the important role women already play in the blue economy, in particular, the fisheries sector and how they can be better supported.
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During the seminar, Stable Seas addressed challenges and opportunities in the Sulu and Celebes seas, which generated a discussion on perspectives to maritime security and cultivated interest in upcoming research products.
The workshop discussed efforts to improve maritime security. Policy efforts must be attentive to socio-economic development in the poor coastal areas of the Philippines along the Sulu and Celebes seas, according to participants of the workshop.
Stable Seas spoke on maritime aspects of migration, including the maritime laws governing the rescue of migrants and sea and the maritime-specific threats migrants face, including forced labor, separation from family, and dangerous traveling conditions.
The workshop brought together a diverse group of experts to discuss parallels and potential partnerships to address a range of illicit activities at sea. Stable Seas presented the paper 'Soft Targets and Black Market: Terrorist Activities in the Maritime Domain.
Stable Seas was invited to both chair and present on the “Regional Threat Assessment” panel, which set the scene for continued conversation on maritime security challenges in the wider West and Central Africa region.
Maritime insecurity in the Sulu and Celebes Seas is a persistent challenge. Stable Seas contributed an article to The Diplomat to explore how political and economic exclusion, coastal welfare, and the development of the blue economy impacts sustainable maritime security.
The Forum was critical in broadening Stable Seas regional network and helped to spread awareness of the valuable products that Stable Seas could offer.
OEF’s Stable Seas program will release its newest report on the Sulu and Celebes Seas on February 19th in Manila, Philippines at a meeting of the Contact Group on Maritime Crime in the Sulu and Celebes Seas.