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Issue No:37
  • :0973-1156
  • :July
  • :2011
  • :English

The 3rd Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF3), held earlier this year in Shanghai, revealed worrying facts about women in the fisheries. Women are still invisible and marginal in the sector. They may have growing access to microcredit but continue to own little or no property. If a woman has a top job in a fisheries institution, her case would be the exception to the general rule that clusters jobs for women at the bottom of formal hierarchies. Clearly, despite years of struggle and advocacy, women in the fisheries continue to be denied their basic right to equality and justice.

Report / Asia

Leaky pipes and slippery ladders

A summary of the 3rd Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries

By Meryl J Williams (meryljwilliams@gmail.com), Chair of the Organizing Committee of GAF3 Symposium, with inputs from GAF3 presenters. The author takes responsibility for the views expressed in this article.

Why, with few exceptions, are women so invisible and marginal to the mainstream? Why, despite access to microfinance, don’t they own assets and property? Why do they continue to be discriminated against within institutions? What is the social context for gender-based d