Category Archives: GAF5

“The Long Journey to Gender Equality” – GAF5 Volume published

Kerala fisher couple with cast net and scoop net. Photo: Sruthi P.

Kerala fisher couple with cast net and scoop net. Photo: Sruthi P.

We are delighted to announce the release of a Special Issue of Asian Fisheries Science journal, volume 29S, containing 12 papers, plus a guest editorial and other information based on GAF5 – the 5th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (2014, Lucknow, India).

The Special Issue is titled “The Long Journey to Gender Equality” and contains many practical and theoretical insights. In the Guest Editorial, Dr Nikita Gopal and her co-editors conclude that the “regular GAF events of the Asian Fisheries Society … show that more and more researchers are interested in studying gender and fisheries/aquaculture, both from among the social scientists and fisheries biologists. Thus the GAF events create a unique forum for social and natural sciences to meet and discuss, which is often not the case in other disciplines.”

We hope you enjoy and find useful this wide range of papers covering such topics as the impacts of film-making on the empowerment of women divers in Timor Leste, to the roles of resident and non-resident women in Barotse Floodplain fisheries in Zambia and the intricacies of women’s fish marketing  relations in Bihar India and in Cambodia, plus much more.

Visit this page to gain an overview of the Special Issue and download the whole volume or individual papers. LINK

Congratulations to all the authors!

 

 

 

GAF5 Photos available on our Flickr group

A set of GAF5 photos are now available on our Flickr group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/genderaquafish/

Check them out! They include group photos, presenters photos, people asking questions, participants in working groups, ceremony, prize winners, etc etc..

The photos are courtesy of our hosts in India, the National Bureau of Fish Genetics Resources. Thank you!

The Long Journey to Equality

Women weighing riverine fish catch, India. Photo: Lalit Tyagi.

Women weighing riverine fish catch, India. Photo: Lalit Tyagi.

We see some greater commitment to gender equality in policies and by institutions, but the position of women in mainstream and traditional value chains is still eroding despite new technologies accessible to women and new development approaches.

This was the conclusion of the full report of GAF5, the 5th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries. Based on presentations and discussions, the report explores five themes: (1) greater policy and institutional commitment to gender equality; (2) the eroding position of women in aquaculture and fisheries; (3) new technologies for women and new gender equality approaches; (4) diagnosing diversity and enabling action; and (5) GAF101, networks and GAF information.

Read the full report.

Genderaquafish.org: 2014 year in review

GAF5 attendees on opening day, 13 November 2014, Lucknow, India

GAF5 attendees on opening day, 13 November 2014, Lucknow, India

Our Genderaquafish.org website continued to grow in popularity in 2014, with visits to the site increasing by 9% over the 2013 level, reaching 18,454 visits from people in at least 162 countries, covering all regions. Our top 5 countries for visitors were: India (4,734), USA (2,528), Philippines (941), Malaysia (831), UK (696).

Genderaquafish.org visitors came from all regions and most countries of the world.

Genderaquafish.org visitors came from all regions and most countries of the world.

2014 stats by region

Read the short annual report provided by WordPress, our wonderful site host: https://genderaquafish.org/2014/annual-report/

REGIONS

Posts from Asia and Africa were the most prevalent. We also produced posts covering Europe, the Americas, and Oceania. In addition, the gender dimensions of several global documents and events were highlighted, such as the Small Scale Fisheries Guidelines and the fish and food security report of the High Level Panel of Experts advising the UN Committee on Food Security.

PUBLICATIONS

We released the second Special Issue of the Asian Fisheries Science journal (27S), containing papers and the Guest Editorial from our 2013 4th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF4).

PEOPLE

Many of our posts highlighted people active in progressing gender equality in the aquaculture and fisheries sectors (see posts on people). In March, we reported with concern the loss aboard flight MH370 of Dr Chandrika Sharma, the Executive Secretary of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, and a driving force in the Small Scale Fisheries Guidelines.

2014 was a big year for Dr Nikita Gopal, who not only was chief editor for the GAF4 Special Issue but also led the programme and operations for GAF5.

THEMES

Aquaculture, organizations, climate change and development were recurring themes in our posts.

EVENTS

Of several 2014 events that included gender sessions, we covered GAF5 (5th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries) in most depth. We still hope to also add some information on other 2014 events, especially the 2014 Adelaide World Aquaculture Society conference Women’s Contributions to Aquaculture session and the gender papers of the 2014 IIFET conference in Brisbane.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Our strength on various social media continued to grow slowly, thanks to contributions from many regular friends and readers, and special help from Piyashi DebRoy and Danika Kleiber (our Google Group leaders), Chloe English for assistance on Twitter during GAF5 (@Genderaquafish). Our Facebook page continued to attract good and increasing traffic.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE FOR 2015?

We intend to follow-up on the action items from our GAF5 networks meeting in Lucknow in November. This work includes some great innovations for this website. Stay tuned!

Still a long way to go

ICSF Katia

Katia Frangoudes explains a point on the relevance of the Small Scale Fisheries Guidelines to the audience during the ICSF panel discussion at GAF5.

The November 2014 edition of Samudra Report, the global periodical on fisheries issues published by the International in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), highlighted the 5th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF5) in its article “Still a Long Way to Go.”  The article, by Katia Frangoudes and Shuddhawati Peke, give an overview of GAF5, including the ICSF-led panel presentation and discussion on the relevance and opportunity for raising gender awareness and improving gender equality in the sector through the recent adoption and forthcoming implementation of the Small Scale Fisheries Guidelines.

Nalini Nayak at GAF5.

Nalini Nayak at GAF5.

At the end of their overview, Katia and Shuddhawati conclude that “there is still a long way to go in engendering fisheries and aquaculture, moving beyond merely sex-aggregated data and the sexual division of labour. A feminist perspective is much wider as it focuses on life and livelihood and thus challenges the present frameworks of centralized and capital-intensive production systems, which disregard the well-being of communities and the ecosystem.

Shuddhawati Peke presenting on the role and challenges faced by women fish vendors in Mumbai markets.

Shuddhawati Peke presenting on the role and challenges faced by women fish vendors in Mumbai markets.

The violence of such development has its toll, both in terms of an increase in violence on women in the household and on the living aquatic systems and their resources. Developing a theory of change is, therefore, necessary to assess how and what kind of modern science and management systems need to evolve to secure life and livelihoods”.

Yemaya August issue highlights Small Scale Fisheries Guidelines

Usha Tai in a discussion with representatives of fi shworkers organization at a meeting organized by ICSF. Photo: Yemaya Aug 2014

The August 2014 issue of Yemaya, the newsletter on gender and fisheries of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) is full of interesting articles. It highlights the gender implications of the new Small Scale Fisheries Guidelines, plus articles on Japan, India and The Gambia. Download the issue at this link.

Articles
  • Editorial: Nilanjana Biswas
  • Japan: Migrant hands, local profits by Kumi Soejims & Katia Frangoudes
  • Profile: “I love fishing at all times”— Jeannette Naranjo (Costa Rica) by Vivienne Solis Rivera
  • The Gambia: Trading away food security by Nilanjana Biswas
  • India: Remembering Usha Tamore by Shuddhawati S Peke
  • Milestones: The Small Scale Fisheries Guidelines by Ramya Rajagopalan
  • Japan: Sea, people and life by Katia Frangoudes & Annie Castaldo
  • What’s New Webby? GAF5 by Ramya Rajagopalanby
  • India: A question of identity (for seaweed collectors) by Sumana Narayanan
  • Q & A: Carmen, Honduras by Norman Flores and
    Vivienne Solis Rivera
  • Yemaya Mama: cartoon
  • Yemaya Recommends: Standards for collecting sex disaggregated data for gender analysis:  A guide for CGIAR researchers by Caitlin Kieran & Cheryl Doss

NACA and partners studying gender in aquaculture in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam

Mrs Xiem (Ca Mau, Vietnam), one of the largest crab farmers in Vietnam, and local women workers. Photo: Ha Thu http://hathutranslator.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/the-role-of-women-in-vietnamese-aquaculture/

Mrs Xiem (Ca Mau, Vietnam), one of the largest crab farmers in Vietnam, and local women workers. Photo: Ha Thu http://hathutranslator.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/the-role-of-women-in-vietnamese-aquaculture/

In 2012, the NACA (Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific) Governing Council put gender issues on the work programme as a cross-cutting issue (see our post). In 2013, NACA held a special workshop at GAF4, with Norad support, to develop ideas for gender mainstreaming at NACA (see our GAF4 Report for a short summary of the Workshop outcomes).

Early this year, the USAID-MARKET project in the lower Mekong countries, NACA and partners in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam combined to start the project: Thematic Studies on Gender in aquaculture in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam.

Read about this project and how it is progressing. Come to GAF5 in Lucknow in November )