Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE) is a nonprofit organization that promotes gender equality in the global seafood sector. SAGE has been pushing to embrace gender equality and empower women in a primarily male-dominated industry. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation awarded the nonprofit Seafood and Gender Equality $350,000 to advance its mission of promoting gender equality in the seafood sector.

This two-year grant provides core support to grow SAGE’s essential programs: the Gender Equality Dialogues (GED), The Bloom networking community, and The Conch podcast. Since 2020, SAGE has promoted gender equality in seafood, leading to a more resilient industry, thriving communities, and abundant resources for future generations.

“SAGE is extremely thankful to the Packard Foundation for this grant to bolster our efforts at building the seafood sector of the future, one that values and benefits people of all genders found at all levels of production, trade, and conservation,” said Julie Kuchepatov, founder of SAGE. 

The Bloom, SAGE’s networking community for women and genderqueer people, has more than 85 members and is growing daily. Members share their knowledge, insights, and stories and empower and support each other throughout their careers. SAGE recently launched the GED in August. The pilot cohort of industry leaders is pioneering the development of a roadmap of how other forward-thinking and innovative seafood companies can work towards a more equitable and inclusive seafood industry. The Conch podcast, featuring interviews with some of the most exciting people in the seafood sector, is finishing its fourth season and boasts thousands of downloads.

Sarah Hogan, Program Officer at the Packard Foundation, emphasizes, “The Foundation recently reticulated its vision for a more just and equitable world where both people and nature flourish. We have been an ardent supporter of SAGE since its beginning and this new grant is not only an acknowledgement of SAGE’s incredible progress and impact, but an investment towards achieving our new vision.”

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