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Issue No:43
  • :ISSN 0973-1156
  • :July
  • :2013
  • :English

Whether in South Africa, Chile, Uganda or India, as this issue of Yemaya shows, women in the small-scale and artisanal fisheries are confronting growing challenges in their daily lives. Caught between bureaucratic governments and exploitative markets, on the one hand, and male-dominated fisheries associations and violent neighbourhoods and homes, on the other, for most women in the sector, life can be a hellish struggle. While women usually cope by drawing upon inner strength or turning to one another for help, if in the sector as a whole, women are to ever gain justice and their rightful place in society, much more is needed.

Asia / Vietnam

Strengthening livelihoods

A fisheries livelihoods programme is helping improve women’s roles and participation in decisionmaking in the Vietnamese fisheries

By Angela Lentisco (Angela.Lentisco@fao.org), RFLP, Thailand and Hoang Thi Phuong Thao (hthao2005@gmail.com), RFLP, Vietnam

The Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (RFLP), in collaboration with other fisheries institutions, has been trying to improve women’s representation in decisionmaking as part of its goal to improve the livelihoods of fishing communities and the management of fisheries resources in six countries.

Since September 2009, RFLP has been working on five main components: co-management, safety at sea, post-harvest, livelihoods and microfinance. A strategic and cross-cutting component running through the main components is gender mainstreaming, implemented through the inclusion of gender equality considerations in the various stages of programme intervention.

One of the six countries implementing the RFLP is Vietnam, where the project has been rolled out in three central provi