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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...

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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.

Milestones

Gender Equality, Indigenous Rights and Human Rights in Ecuador


By Ramya Rajagopalan (icsf@icsf.net), Consultant, ICSF


The new Constitution of Ecuador, approved in 2008, is far-reaching in its recognition of both gender equality and indigenous rights. It prohibits gender discrimination and includes provisions for equal employment and property rights, sexual and reproductive rights, shared responsibility in the family and social security for home-makers. Articles 57 and 58 recognize and guarantee indigenous peoples’ rights, enfranchising thousands of people living in the country’s poorest regions. Most importantly for indigenous women, article 171 guarantees women’s participation and decision-making in indigenous governance and justice systems. The process to re-formulate the Constitution that began in 2007, saw active part