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Issue No:44
  • :0973-1156
  • :December
  • :2013
  • :English

In today’s context of a highly unequal, rapidly warming and globalized world, any form of organizing among marginalised communities poses a formidable challenge. This is much more so in the case of women of small-scale fishing communities who find themselves battling not just a capitalist structure that denies them visibility, just wages and basic services, but also the patriarchy of the fisheries sector and of their communities and families. The process of organizing is both challenging and often involves making strategic compromises.

This issue of Yemaya highlights three models of organizing, occurring under three different arrangements of political economy. Whether it is the National Articulation of Women (ANP) in Brazil or AKTEA in Europe or the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India, the common thread that runs across all three organizational forms is that of federation. All three models underscore the point that while isolated organizing efforts are important, after a certain stage it is only through federating that organizations can gain maximum political leverage by reaching out to other like-minded organizations and building collective strength based upon a common language, common objectives and common strategies.

From the Editor

In today’s context of a highly unequal, rapidly warming and globalized world, any form of organizing among marginalised communities poses a formidable challenge. This is much more so in the case of women of small-scale fishing communities who find themselves battling not just a capitalist structure that denies them visibility, just wages and basic services, but also the patriarchy of the fisheries sector and of their communities and families. The process of organizing is both challenging and often involves making strategic compromises.

This issue of Yemaya highlights three models of organizing, occurring under three different arrangements of political economy. Whether it is the National Articulation of Women (ANP) in Brazil or AKTEA in Europe or the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India, the common thread that runs across all three organizational forms is that of federation. All three models underscore the point that while isolated organizing efforts are important, after a certain stage it is only through federating that organizations can gain maximum political leverage by reaching out to other like-minded organizations and building collective strength based upon a common language, common objectives and