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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.

Latin America / Chile

Gains and challenges

The International Congress of Women in Artisanal Fisheries held in Valparaiso, Chile, highlighted both the gains made by women in the sector and the many difficulties that still lie in their path

By Natalia Tavares de Azevedo (nataliatavares@ufpr.br), researcher at the Federal University of Paraná and Naina Pierri (pierrinai@gmail.com), Member, ICSF and professor at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

The National Confederation of Artisanal Fishermen of Chile (CONAPACH) organized the International Congress of Women in Artisanal Fisheries in Valparaiso, Chile, from 5-7 June 2013. It was attended by about 150 women of the Chilean artisanal fisheries, numerous male leaders of CONAPACH, government officials, and about 30 others, including fishers as well as technical experts from Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and Kenya. ICSF supported the participation of fisherwomen from Costa Rica and Brazil and other representatives.

The central theme of the meeti