Clean Cities, Blue Ocean Gender Equality & Women’s Economic Empowerment Fact Sheet

Learn about how Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO), USAID’s global, flagship program for implementing the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, works to advance local solid waste management systems and circular economies, empowering and supporting women as leaders in the process.




Clean Cities, Blue Ocean has advanced gender equality by:

  • Supporting workforce development programs for women.
  • Advocating for and developing employment opportunities that offer equitable, living wages and accommodations for women.
  • Supporting women-owned up-cycling and reuse businesses to establish or expand their operations.
  • Assisting local women and girls to develop leadership skills as champions and leaders for the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).
  • Engaging with local government officials to add women’s perspectives to policies and plans.