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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...


Recognition and Policy
The almost complete lack of recognition of women fishworkers in policy is a matter of great concern. Often the focus of policy makers, in keeping with gender stereotypes, is on fishermen and the actual act of fishing. There is little focus on the significant and varied roles that fisherwomen play in all aspects the fisheries sector: in artisanal and small-scale fisheries, and in commercial fisheries and related fish processing activities. The State often has little or no data or statistics on the actual labour contribution of women in the sector, as well as on the issues and problems faced by them. Women are, as a result, denied access to institutional and state support, and capacity-building interventions. They cannot avail of development resources and programmes. There is little regulation of labour conditions in fish processing work within the organized and unorganized sector, even though these tend to be poor and exploitative. Finally, fisherwomen tend to be excluded from decision-making processes and governance at family, community and state levels. This lack of recognition for women’s contribution in the sector is also a deterrent to the ability of women fishworkers to self-organize, to access and control livelihood resources, and to negotiate with different actors in the sector. The documents under this theme draw attention to these issues, and recommend various steps that need to be taken by policy makers and other actors to support women in the fisheries sector.
Kumar, Mukul, K Saravanan and Nityanand Jayaraman, 2014. Mapping the Coastal Commons Fisherfolk and the Politics of Coastal Urbanisation in Chennai. Economic & Political Weekly, Vol XLIX no 48. November 29, 2014
  • :Right to Resources,Recognition and Policy,Community based management
  • :India

ICSF.2010. Women fish vendors in India: An information booklet
  • :Role of Women,Recognition and Policy

Quist C. 2003. A new world? Yemaya, Issue 12, April 2003.
  • :Role of Women,Recognition and Policy

Quist C. 2002. Challenging stereotypes. Yemaya, Issue 11, November 2002.
  • :Recognition and Policy

O’Riordan B. 2001. Information is Strength. Yemaya, Issue 8, December 2001.
  • :Recognition and Policy

Sunde J. 2004. “Small fry” Yemaya, Issue 15, March 2004.
  • :Recognition and Policy,Struggles and Movements

Sunde J. 2002. On the brink. Yemaya, Issue 11, November 2002.
  • :Recognition and Policy

Sall A. 1999. Women as leaders. Yemaya, Issue 1, April 1999.
  • :Recognition and Policy,Struggles and Movements

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF). 2005. Ready for the struggle. Yemaya, Issue 20, December 2005.
  • :Status of Women,Recognition and Policy

Ahmed T. 2004. Not a rosy picture. Yemaya, Issue 17, December 2004.
  • :Status of Women,Recognition and Policy

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