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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. 


DOCUMENT : Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in fisheries and aquaculture

The document is available at http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6623e.pdf

This review is by Ramya Rajagopalan (ramya.rajagopalan@gmail.com), Programme Associate, ICSF

This 12 page fact sheet presents an overview of current gender equality and women’s empowerment issues in the fisheries sector. It is a useful summary document that can be used for many purposes—training and capacity building, as an information booklet, as a media supplement and so on. The following description is adapted from the introduction to the document.

No matter which perspective is used to analyse women’s engagement in fisheries, the fact is that women’s roles are highly underestimated. This inadequate recognition of women’s contributions hampers the sustainable development process, resulting in increased poverty and food insecurity.

The document provides information on policy, institutions and planning processes, on statistical dimensions in gender analysis, and, on specific concerns in the field of fisheries industries. It identifies l