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Issue No:53
  • :March
  • :2017
  • :English

If the contextually relevant implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines) is a challenge facing the small-scale fisheries sector, an even bigger challenge is the gender equitable implementation of the SSF Guidelines. For women in the sector, this will involve struggling at two levels: one, at the level of the household and the community, and the second, at the level of the State and other stakeholders. This issue focuses on this theme, and includes profile of women fishworkers from Ireland, Costa Rica, and India. Besides this, also covers initiatives for enhancing the capacities of women fishworkers in India and Tanzania. 


An uphill task

AKTEA’s presentations at a recent symposium highlight the challenges that women in Europe’s small-scale fisheries face

By Marja Bekendam de Boer (info@hoekman-bekendam.nl), Chair of AKTEA and Katia Frangoudes (Katia.Frangoudes@univ-brest.fr), ICSF member

The Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of La Laguna in Spain in association with the GOBAMP2 Project and the Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) partnership, organized a symposium on ‘European Small-scale Fisheries and Global Linkages’ at Tenerife in Spain from 29 June to 1 July 2016. The purpose of the symposium was to discuss issues affecting the sustainability of small-scale fisheries (SSF) in Europe and explore linkages to global SSF, especially through markets and stewardship efforts.

Seventy scientists, students, fishers and managers participated at the symposium. They discussed wide-ranging issues of relevance to SSF in Europe. Needless to say, gender equality in European SSF was also part of the discussion. Marja Bekendam, Chair of AKTEA, the European network of