Livelihoods in Punta Bonita, Colombia are closely tied to collecting the mollusk known as piangua. Women, who make up a majority of the piangua fishers, tend to be overlooked and underpaid, and meanwhile, piangua are becoming harder to find.
OEF's Oceans Beyond Piracy program reports that while this incident does not indicate a large-scale return of Somali piracy, vessels should follow best management practices when traveling in the region.
The latest blog from OEF's Our Secure Future program details how gender blindness can negatively impact the work of a peacekeeping mission. It has implications for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, protection of civilians, and integrating women in peacekeeping missions.