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A "feminist perspective" in fisheries builds on the fact that women of fishing communities take on multidimensional roles that straddle both production and reproduction...


Role of Women
Women play significant roles in all aspects of fisheries—both in the artisanal, small-scale sector and in the commercial sector—roles that remain unarticulated and unrecognized. Importantly, women’s roles span reproduction and production. Women’s reproductive roles are essential for nurturing and sustaining families and communities, and ensuring food security through fishing, food foraging, farming and related activities. The productive roles of women in fishing—collecting seaweed and other aquatic resources, processing and marketing the fish catch, making and repairing nets and gears, baiting longlines, helping in the preparation for fishing trips and in unloading and sorting the fish—contribute significantly to household incomes and local economies. With the monetization of the fishing sector, the productive role of women has, in some cases, been extended to include new activities, previously forbidden by gender norms. For instance, in some regions more women go fishing with their husbands or with other groups of women. In several countries of the North women are part of the commercial fishing sector, working as crew or skippers on industrial or family-owned vessels. Women also form a significant proportion of the workforce in industrial fish processing within the organized and unorganized sector, working for wages to sort, clean and process fish. The accompanying increase in work and incomes has not always resulted in increase in women’s status within families and communities. Often, in keeping with prevailing patriarchal norms, the control of resources remains vested in men. In many cases, diversification and increase in roles has only meant an increase in women’s labour. The papers in this section provide descriptive, detailed and in cases, ethnographic information on the work women do in fisheries, and the impact of changes within the sector on women’s work and roles in the fisheries.
Quist, Cornelie and Nayak, Nalini. 2018. Evolving a feminist perspective in fisheries and the history of the Women in Fisheries Programme (1993-2014) of the ICSF, GAF7 Bangkok 18-21 October 2018
  • :Role of Women in Aquaculture,Women in Fisheries,Status of Women,Role of Women

Doss, Cheryl and Caitlin Kieran, Standards for collecting sex-disaggregated data for gender analysis: a guide for CGIAR researchers (2013). Paper presented at the Workshop on Methods and Standards for Research on Gender and Agriculture, Montpellier J
  • :Role of Women
  • :World

Gandhimati (Ed.), Voices of the Marginalized – a success story of Karaikal federation. Sneha, 2008.
  • :Women in Fisheries,Role of Women
  • :India

Viswanath, Rosemary and Surabhi Singh (Eds.) Tracing the Maze: A dossier on women and tourism. Equations, July 2011.
  • :Role of Women
  • :India

Shanthi, B, M. Krishnan and V.S. Chandrasekaran. Socio-economic and gender analysis in aquaculture. CIBA special publication. 2010.
  • :Role of Women in Aquaculture,Role of Women,Women and Resources Management
  • :India

Keijser, C. The role of microfinance in the empowerment of women. The case of the Pudupattinam fishermen village in Tamil Nadu, India. Bachelor Thesis, University of Amsterdam, 2011
  • :Women in Fisheries,Role of Women
  • :India

Cheke, Abiodun Oritsejemine. Women in Fish Value Chain in Nigeria. IIFET 2012 Tanzania Proceedings.
  • :Role of Women
  • :Nigeria

Sloan, Lindis (Editor). Women’s Participation in Decision-making Processes in Arctic Fisheries Resource Management. Arctic Council 2002-2004. Published by Forlaget Nora, Kvinneuniversitetet Nord, N-8286 Norfold, Norway.
  • :Role of Women
  • :Arctic Ocean

Harper, Sarah, Dirk Zeller, Melissa Hauzer, Daniel Pauly and Ussif Rashid Sumaila. Women and fisheries: Contribution to food security and local economies. Marine Policy 39(2013) 56–63.
  • :Role of Women
  • :Pacific Island

Weeratunge, Nireka, Katherine A Snyder and Choo Poh Sze. Gleaner, fisher, trader, processor: understanding gendered employment in fisheries and aquaculture. Fish and Fisheries (2010) 11: 405–420.
  • :Role of Women
  • :Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal

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