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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: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.

Africa / Uganda

Making change possible

A comprehensive development approach has multiplied the livelihood options for women in Uganda’s Lake Victoria region, leading to a sense of empowerment and hope

By Margaret Nakato (mnakato@worldfisherforum.org) and Vaal B. Namugga (vaalbn@katosi.org), Katosi Women Development Trust, Uganda

Katosi, a fisher community north of Lake Victoria in Uganda, has undergone transformation that has changed the lifestyle of its members. Earlier, fishers from Katosi went out to fish every day; but now many go fishing to islands far away from Katosi, where they spend months before returning to their community. There are, therefore, only a few women left in the fish-smoking business in a community where once the majority of the women used to be employed in smoking and drying fish.

For the fishing communities, the growth in export-oriented fishing is part of the problem. Further, these communities continue to attract people seeking self-employment. This has increased the population depending on fisheries resources, thus exacerbating the pollut