Cruz wins Best Paper Award at GAF7 Global Conference

Congratulations to SMEA student Angela Cruz who won the “Best Paper Award” for students at the 7th Global Conference on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF7) in Bangkok, Thailand. Her oral presentation titled “Addressing Gender Gaps from a Programmatic Perspective” discussed how USAID programs perform gender mainstreaming in fisheries and the challenges they face in doing so. The presentation was based on Cruz’s preliminary results from her thesis work that was conducted while she was interning with a USAID project in Jakarta, Indonesia over the summer. GAF is a sector of the Asian Fisheries Society and GAF7 included a diverse community of scholars and practitioners from around the world focused on gender and women’s empowerment in the fisheries and aquaculture development sectors. The primary goal of the conference was to continue expanding the conversation around the need for gender equity and inclusiveness, share experiences, and continue to come up with solutions. The conference was hosted at the Asian Institute of Technology.