Education

How we reduce gender inequalities and empowering women in marine conservation

Scholarships to Empower Women In Ocean Conservation

The ocean research and conservation fields have historically been male-dominated, leading to ongoing gender imbalances that persist today. It’s crucial to empower women and promote gender equality for faster sustainable development. To ensure harmony with our environment, women must have an equal voice in shaping our narrative.

Our Coral Catch scholarship program provides extensive education in ocean conservation through nine-week training sessions, called “batches,” held four times a year. Each batch features four outstanding Indonesian women candidates. Participants undergo comprehensive training, including masterclasses, workshops, and dive sessions covering 54 scientific dives with 12 research methods, an several scientific and conservation courses of PADI and Conservation Diver.

Additionally, Coral Catch Superwomen benefit from a supportive network of female ambassadors who inspire and empower them to pursue careers in scuba diving, focusing on both conservation and tourism. The program also offers mentoring to guide them in their post-program endeavors.

By 2030, our goal is to ensure that 80% of the candidates are still pursuing a career in ocean conservation, contributing to various sectors such as the diving industry, coral restoration, ecotourism, and marine science research.

Swimming Lessons For Local Women On Gili Air

In addition to our training efforts, we are committed to empowering our local communities by offering free weekly swimming lessons to the women on the Gili Islands. It’s surprising to learn that over 20% of Indonesians cannot swim, which unfortunately hinders their ability to truly appreciate and protect the ocean’s beauty. These special lessons, led by our Superwomen at our partner facility, Blue Marlin, create a safe and supportive space for participants to conquer fears and experience the joy of being in the water.

What Are Our Goals for 2030?

Reducing gender inequalities and empowering women in the marine conservation field.

Life After Coral Catch

We are immensely proud of the career paths our Coral Catch Superwomen have pursued after completing the program. They continue to contribute to marine conservation, whether through employment in the diving industry, coral restoration initiatives, or further studies in marine conservation. Here are a few inspiring stories:

Qinthan

Qinthan, one of the pioneers of the program from Batch #1 in 2021, now serves as a Program Coordinator & Marine Biologist for the Indo Ocean Project in Bira. She conducts ecological workshops, collects data, and spearheads an educational project in a kindergarten, teaching children English and marine life.

Afifa

Afifa graduated in 2022 from batch #3 and is now working as a marine biologist in the Anambas Islands, a remote region located North-West Indonesia. Not only is she involved in coral restoration projects, but she’s also actively engaged in community outreach, particularly with zero waste management initiatives.

Wika

Wika, previously employed in marketing and communications in Bali, made a career shift after joining the program. The scholarship fueled her passion for ocean conservation, leading her to work for the NGO Gili Matra Bersama. She’s currently preparing to become a dive instructor this year.