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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. 


Gilda Olivia Rojas Bermudez: In defence of rights and culture

Garifuna women are quick to defend their rights and their value as women...

By Vivienne Solis (vsolis@coopesolidar.org), Member, ICSF

One of the participants in the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Mexico in December 2016 was Gilda Olivia Rojas Bermudez. Although participating in a conference of this sort was a first-time experience for her, the idea of biodiversity was not. In fact, you could say that respecting biodiversity is second nature to Gilda.

Born in Livingstone, Guatemala, Gilda was orphaned as a child and brought up by her grandmother. Her grandfather, a fisherman who was part of a group of fishers belonging to the Garífuna community, worked on a big canoe owned by Gilda’s maternal grandfather. In those days, a cayuco or traditional fishing boat used to be made out of wood and not fibre like today’s boats are.

Gilda recalls that her granduncle, who owned the boat, would bring bread and coffee for the fishermen who worked for him. Every morning at four, a group of eight to ten fishermen