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Issue No:42
  • :0973-1156
  • :March
  • :2013
  • :English

Behind each boat there is a woman, a family and a community—this apt motto
of AKTEA, the European Network of Women’s Organizations in Fisheries and Aquaculture, a network promoting the role of women in European fisheries, was quoted by Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2013, to draw attention to how supporting women in fisheries means providing support to both families and communities.

From the Editor

Behind each boat there is a woman, a family and a community—this apt motto of AKTEA, the European Network of Women’s Organizations in Fisheries and Aquaculture, a network promoting the role of women in European fisheries, was quoted by Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2013, to draw attention to how supporting women in fisheries means providing support to both families and communities.

The critical role that women play in fisheries has been in the spotlight in recent years. For example, according to the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2012 report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), information provided from 86 countries indicated that, in 2008, women made up at least 50 per cent of the workforce in inland fisheries, while as much as 60 per cent of seafood is marketed by women in Asia and west Africa. Moreover, case studies indicated that women may comprise up to 30 per cent of all those employed in fisheries, including in primary and secondary activities. The report stresses that the figures provided are only estimates, given that no comprehensive data, on a sex-dis