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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.


UN agrees on ground-breaking gender indicators

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

Data collection on social and economic development has come a long way, particularly since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Yet much remains to be done in the area of gender statistics. For example, only 41 per cent of States regularly measure violence against women. Very little of this data can be compared between countries because of differences in measurement.

This situation is set to change with the development of new gender indicators agreed by the UN Statistical Commission as a guide for national and international data compilation. They include a new set of nine indicators specifically designed to measure physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence against women, plus a separate minimum set of 52 gender indicators developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics.

The minimum set covers economic structures, participation in productive activities and access to resources, education, health and related services, public life and decisionmaking, and human rights of w