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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...


Struggles and Movements
Across the globe, women fishworkers have struggled to bring to the fore their issues and concerns. Their struggles have been on many fronts. Their roles in nurturing and sustaining the family and community, and their economic contribution to household, local and national economies, are rarely recognized. They face gender discrimination at home, as individuals and at work, as labourers. Their public and private rights are denied; they are excluded from decision-making fora; they face atrocities in markets from local thugs and middlemen; their health is adversely affected; and they face sexual harassment and physical violence. Those engaged in small-scale fisheries find it difficult to compete with powerful traders, exporters and others, in globalized markets. Women in the fish processing sector are often migrant and unorganized labour, who are discriminated against and work in poor conditions. Women affected by disasters, such as the recent Indian Ocean tsunami, are particularly vulnerable, with relief and rehabilitation efforts being largely insensitive to their specific concerns. The last few decades have, therefore, witnessed the rise of fishworker movements. Women fishworkers have organized either as part of fishworker organizations or as autonomous solidarity networks, community groups, associations and federations to defend their own rights and community interests. In the process, they have overcome many hurdles, including opposition from their homes and communities and failure to be taken seriously by decision-makers. The documents in this theme deal with various aspects of the struggles of women fishworkers and their organizations.
Wilson, Diane. An Unreasonable Woman: A true story of shrimpers, politicos, polluters and the fight for Seadrift, Texas. Chelsea Green Publishing Company, Vermont, USA, 2005, pp391.
  • :Women in Fisheries,Struggles and Movements
  • :United States

Cougot R. 2004. A winner of battles and hearts. Yemaya, Issue 16, August 2004.
  • :Status of Women,Struggles and Movements

Soler C S. 2003. Shaking up traditions. Yemaya, Issue 14, December 2003.
  • :Struggles and Movements

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

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

Cordozo S. 2000. Not amusing. Yemaya, Issue 4, August 2000.
  • :Recognition and Policy,Struggles and Movements

Kumara H. 2000. Whose problem? Yemaya, Issue 4, August 2000.
  • :Role of Women,Struggles and Movements

Sharma C. 2000. Skirting the ban. Yemaya, Issue 3, March 2000.
  • :Struggles and Movements

O’ Riordan B. 2006. Supporting the struggle. Yemaya, Issue 22, September 2006.
  • :Globalization,Struggles and Movements

Skewes J C and Guerra D. 2006. Whose gain? Yemaya, Issue 22, September 2006.
  • :Globalization,Struggles and Movements

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