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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. 

ASIA / INDIA

Anjali: Woman of the waters


A moving account of the life, the struggles and the indomitable spirit of a woman fisher from West Bengal, India


By Sujoy Jana (sujoykh@gmail.com), Member, Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (West Bengal Fishworkers Forum); translated into English from Bengali by Santanu Chacraverti (s.chacraverti@gmail.com), Freelance researcher, consultant, and social worker

Baaisha’s bridge!

‘Baaish’ in Bengali—the language of West Bengal on India’s eastern coast—means ‘twenty-two’. Baaisha’s bridge got its name from its 22 piers. Located not far from Mandarmani, a seaside resort in West Bengal, the bridge spans a stream that flows even in the driest months. If you come here one day and, standing on the bridge, look seaward, I can wager you will experience a rush of well-being. You will see the stream serenely meandering down to the sea, silvery fish ponds lining its banks. You will see flocks of migratory birds and fishers with small nets adrift on their dinghies. You will probably also see a woman in her mid 40s easing down the sharp slope of cana