A very welcome addition to the technical support for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication – a handbook – has just been released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Called “Towards gender-equitable small-scale fisheries governance and development“, the handbook written by Nilanjana Biswas, of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), is a treasure trove of essential background knowledge on women, gender and small-scale fisheries, combined with practical advice and case examples on incorporating gender equality principles in small scale fisheries work. The target audience is broad – from government officers to fishers and their communities, fish worker groups and researchers, as befits a product of the very participatory development process the Handbook team took.
The Handbook is organised in 3 parts:
- Part 1: Understanding gender and the role of women in small-scale fisheries
- Part 2: Responsible fisheries and sustainable development through a gender lens
- Part 3: Ensuring an enabling environment for gender equality and supporting implementation
Among the rich and varied advice and explanatory boxes are such gems as a guide to tried and tested FAO methods for assessing post-harvest losses, and disaster response and rehabilitation issues to target to help women. Throughout, the Handbook has action points for policy-makers and for community service organisations, offering a few key tips on each subject.
A particular highlight is the set of case studies, each containing a description of the case, followed by a gender-sensitive “Let’s analyse this…” section that gets to the heart of the gender issues.
Here is the list of Case Studies:
- Women in fishing communities on Lake Victoria
- Tenure rights of traditional fishing communities in Raigad, India
- Recognition of indigenous community-owned land in Nicaragua
- War-affected women in the fishing villages of the Mannar Coast,
- Self-regulation by women harvesters in the Gulf of Mannar, India
- Mandira Marine Extractive Region, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Transboundary issues and fishers – learning from India and Sri Lanka
- Transboundary issues and fishers – learning from the European Union
- Diversifying livelihoods for small-scale fishing communities in Uganda
- Pacific Fishing Company on Levuka Island, Fiji
- Migrant Chinese women workers employed in oyster shucking in Japan
- Growing violence and abuse in small-scale fisheries in South Africa
- Reclaiming the Marol fish market in Mumbai, India
- Impact of harbour fishing on fish trade in Kerala, India
- Impact of competition along Lake Victoria in Kenya and on inland
fisheries in Zambia
- Impact of industrialization on women in small-scale post-harvest
fisheries in South Africa
- Issues of cross-border trade for traditional women fish vendors in
- The risks of neglecting women in policy implementation
- Post-tsunami rehabilitation in Aceh, Indonesia
- Impact of mine pollution in Buyat Bay, Indonesia
- Matsyafed in Kerala, India – an apex cooperative for small-scale fisheries
- Impact of seasonal fishing ban on women fish traders in
- Marshall Point, a coastal indigenous fishing/farming community in
- Women fishers fight corruption in the Sunderbans, India
- An example of value chain analysis (VCA) (in Malawi)
- Public hearing on issues of women in the fish trade in Kerala, India
- Enabling women’s participation in meetings in Kigombe, the United
Republic of Tanzania
- Fisherwomen in Brazil organize for their rights
- Regional Fisheries Livelihood Programme for South and Southeast
- Mainstreaming gender in the BOBLME project
Download the full Handbook at this LINK.
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The May 2017 issue of Yemaya, the gender in fisheries newsletter of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, is now out. This issue is full of stimulating and diverse articles from around the world – Mexico, India, Fiji and more, many with a focus on the implications of Sustainable Development Goal #5 on gender equality and its implications for fisheries. Download the whole issue or individual articles (see list below) at this link.
Yemaya Mama: The picture isn’t complete without gender equality! p. 11 Yemaya #54, May 2017.
Contents of Yemaya #54, May 2017
- Gender equal fisheries by Meryl Williams
- Milestones – The Entebbe Declaration by Venugopalan N
- Profile – An independent life! For Metty, a fisherwoman from Kerala, India, fishing has been a mainstay for over four decades by Nikita Gopal
- Gender equality in and through fisheries by Kyoko Kusakabe
- Changing tides by Nikita Gopal
- Managing Mercado del Mar by Carmen Pedroza-Gutiérrez
- What’s new Webby? Community conservation network by Anthony Charles
- Women in Fisheries Network (Fiji) by Loata Leweniqila
- Q&A Interview with Ujjwala Jaykishan Patil by Priyanka Mangela
- Yemaya Mama – The picture isn’t complete without gender equality!
- Yemaya Recommends – ICSF Document: Workshop on Enhancing Capacities of Women Fishworkers in India. Reviewed by Ahana Lakshmi
Map showing the locations (mainly at country resolution level) for events and news about women in aquaculture, fisheries and seafood in honor of International Women’s Day 2017. If you have more events from 8 March 2017 to put on this map, please let us know at: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click this LINK to view the interactive version of of the above map, created with eSpatial mapping software.
Before, during and after 8 March 2017 (International Women’s Day), news, tweets and posts flooded in relating to the Day. Our group shared these events via two roundup messages. We have now put the events onto the map above, using eSpatial mapping software, and generous assistance from Ciara at eSpatial (thank you Ciara!).
To read the details of any event, click on the marker for it. We have placed the event marker on the country (sometimes city or state) where the event happened, although many have global or regional significance.
This seemed to be the most active IWD ever from a fisheries, aquaculture and seafood industry perspective. Let’s hope it is a sign of an active and fruitful year ahead for gender equality in the sector!
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Market vendor selling seagrapes (Caulerpa racemosa) in Suva. Photo: SPC WIF 27.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s 27th Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin features several in-depth reports on women in Fiji fisheries and rural communities, and a one on women in Solomon Island fisheries. In addition, several news items are carried.
The whole issue or individual articles can be found at this link.
Inside issue #27
- Supply chain and marketing of seagrapes, Caulerpa racemosa (Forsskaål) J. Agardh (Chlorophyta: Caulerpaceae) in Fiji by Cherie Morris and Shirleen Bala
- Changing patterns in household membership, changing economic activities and roles of men and women in Matokana Village, Onoilau, Fiji by Veikila Vuki
- Gender issues in culture, agriculture and fisheries in Fiji by Veikila C. Vuki and Aliti Vunisea
- The participation of women in fishing activities in Fiji by Aliti Vunisea
- Toward gender-equitable fisheries management in Solomon Islands by Olha Krushelnytska
- True gender champion recognised
- Veikila Vuki: Cultivating the sharing of information on aqua women
Posted in Fiji, Fish post-harvest, Fisheries, Gender, Men, Natural resource management, Pacific, Pacific, Oceania, Regional, Seaweed, Solomon Islands, SPC, Value chain analysis, Veikila Vuki, Women
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016, Yemaya, the gender in fisheries newsletter of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, collected a set of regional summaries of milestones for women in fisheries. In her overview for this issue of Yemaya, the editor, Nilanjana Biswas, concluded that while we take stock of, and celebrate the achievements, we should also reflect on the long road of struggle ahead—a struggle for the rights of small-scale fisheries; for the rights of women engaged in fishing, fish trade and fish-work.
Cartoon courtesy ICSF, Yemaya Issue 51.
Read these summaries, plus other articles at: Yemaya. Here are the contents.
- Counting on Women by Sarah Harper and Danika Kleiber
- Women in Aquaculture by Arlene Nietes
Satapornvanit et al
- Women in Fisheries in Africa: 1999-2015 by Jackie Sunde
- A Historic Journey by Cornelie Quist and Katia Frangoudes
- Profile: A.G. Chitrani: Transforming others’ lives with her courage
Leader from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka by Herman Kumara
- Milestones: General Recommendation on the Rights of Rural Women by Ramya Rajagopalan
- Cooperative Action by Suhas Wasave and Arpita Sharma
- Evocations of the Sea by Vipul Rikhi
- Women in Fisheries in Asia: 1978 – 2016 by Meryl Williams et al
- Q & A: Mercy Antony of Kerala by Venugopalan N
- Yemaya Recommends: Film – Oceans, the Voice of the Invisible by Alain Le Sann (translated Daniele Le Sann).
Posted in Aquaculture, Asia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Fish post-harvest, Fisheries, Gender and development, ICSF, India, Indonesia, International Women's Day, Kerala, Maharashtra, Malaysia, Mangalore, Pacific, Oceania, Philippines, South Korea, Women
Satellite image of Veivatuloa village, Viti Levu, Fiji, showing its mudflats. Source: Google Earth, in SPC WIF 26, p. 18
The latest Secretariat of the Pacific Community Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin (#26), “highlights gender roles in coastal fisheries and development, and women’s fishing activities in urban and rural communities”, said its editor, Veikila Vuki.
The issue contains the following articles, and can be downloaded here:
- Guest editorial: Gender in aquaculture and fisheries – Navigating change, by Nikita Gopal and colleagues.
- Pacific invertebrate fisheries and gender – Key results from PROCFish, by Meryl J. Williams.
- An ecological study of the sea hare, Dolabella auricularia, on the southeastern coast of Viti Levu, Fiji, by Sandeep Singh and Veikila Vuki.
- Livelihoods, markets, and gender roles in Solomon Islands: Case studies from Western and Isabel Provinces, by Froukje Kruijssen and colleagues.
Posted in Fiji, Fisheries, Gender, Gender and development, gleaning, Men, Pacific, Pacific, Oceania, Regional, SPC, Uncategorized, Veikila Vuki, Women
Woman trainee learning jewellery making skills for use with mother of pearl. Photo: ACIAR Partners.
The Ba Women’s Forum, a peak body of 79 women’s groups in the Ba area of Fiji (62 km from Nadi, a tourist center on the main island of Fiji), has gradually been developing its engagement and the identification of opportunities in the pearl culture and marketing sector, with help from an ACIAR project. The latest developments are reported in ACIAR’s Partners magazine. Market analysis has identified significant market potential for pearl jewellery, now largely filled by imports. ACIAR and the Ba Women’s Forum have partnered with designers, technical and market experts to train local women in developing products suited to the market. The initial results are very promising, as the Partner’s article explains.
Read the article here.