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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Sally Barnes runs an artisanal fi sh smoking business. Through the smoking business, she added value to her husband’s catches and increased the family income. Source: Yemaya and WWW.WOODCOCKSMOKERY.COM
The first 2017 issue of Yemaya, the gender and fisheries newsletter of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), recognizes that implementing the gender equality provisions of the Voluntary Guidelines on Small Scale Fisheries is a struggle at two levels. The first struggle is in the household and community, and the second is the level of the state and other stakeholders. Many of articles in this issue of Yemaya amplify on this theme.
- World Fisheries Day: Africa – Sustainability through unity by Béatrice Gorez
- What’s New Webby? By Ramya Rajagopalan
- Ireland: Independent and happy by Sally Barnes (see photo)
- Milestones: UNESCO inscribes haenyeo culture on Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Ramya Rajagopalan
- Network – An uphill task by Marja Bekendam de Boer and Katia Frangoudes
- Tanzania – Study time by Ali Thani and Lorna Slade
- Profile – Gilda Olivia Rojas Bermudez: In defence of rights and culture by Vivienne Solis
- India – Anjali: Woman of the waters by Sujoy Jana and Santanu Chacraverti
- Asia – Round table of women in fisheries (Goa) by Mariette Correa
- Q & A – Interview with Mercy Wasai Mghanga, fish trader and Chairperson, Bamburi Beach Management Unit (BMU) and Vice-Chairperson, Mombasa County BMU network by Hadley B. Becha
- Yemaya Mama – Cartoon – “Gender equality begins at home”
- Yemaya Recommends – Review: Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in fisheries and aquaculture (FAO) by Ramya Rajagopalan
Download the whole issue of articles at this link.
Posted in Africa, Aktea, Asia, Europe, Fish post-harvest, Fisheries, Gender, Goa, ICSF, Ireland, Kenya, Korea, Men, South Korea, Tanzania, West Bengal, 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
Women filleting in Petatán, Mexico. The sight of women filleting alone or in groups in their courtyards is a common one. Photo. Carmen Pedroza-Gutiérrez, in Yemaya 50, “Empowerment through filletting.”
Yemaya, the gender and fisheries newsletter of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has published its 50th newsletter. As usual, Yemaya is an excellent read from its varied and thoughtful articles, to the wry Yemaya Mama cartoons, to reviews and news.
The contents in this December 2015 edition are:
- Editorial by Nilanjana Biswas
- Analysis: Trade. “Women in today’s fisheries economy” by Meryl Williams
- Asia: Sri Lanka. “Widows’ struggles in post-war Sri Lanka” by Cornelie Quist
- What’s new Webby? Gendered Seas
- Africa: South Africa. “The long road to freedom” by Sharon Groenmeyer
- Regional: Africa. “Women in fisheries in Africa” by Serge Raemaekers & Jackie Sunde
- Through the years with Yemaya Mama
- Asia: India “Hard days and nights” by Ellen Thorell
- Profile. “Defending a way of life” by Sara García, Fisherwoman from Costa Rica
- Regional: Central America. “Women in Central America’s fisheries” by Vivienne Solis Rivera
- Regional: Asia. “Half the fishers in the world” by Nikita Gopal
- Milestones by Ramya Rajagopalan
- Latin America: Mexico. “Empowerment through filleting” by Carmen Pedroza-Gutiérrez
- Q&A. Interview of Kholiswa Fosana, Eastern Cape, South Africa, by Jackie Sunde
- Yemaya Mama cops out of COP21
- Book Review. “Our Mother Ocean: Enclosure, Commons,
and the Global Fishermen’s Movement” by Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Monica Chilese. Review by Nilanjana Biswas
Posted in Africa, Americas, Aquaculture, Asia, communication resources, Cornelie quist, Fish post-harvest, Gender, Global, ICSF, India, Men, Mexico, Nikita Gopal, Nilanjana Biswas, Regional, South Africa, Women
Women collecting oysters cultivated in the Qualidia Lagoon, Morocco. Photo: Giuseppe Bizzari, FAO.
In the August 2015 issue of Samudra Report, the journal of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, Marie Christine Monfort describes her expedition to “fish out” what was happening for women in the fish sector. She also provides an abridged version of the recent Globefish Report, “The Role of Women in the Seafood Industry” (see our story) that was the result of her fishing expedition.
The Samudra Report article, “Fishing out the Invisible“, provides a good account of the search for facts on women’s roles and contributions, and their status in fisheries and aquaculture supply chains. It also reports on recent activities to address gender in the sector, including the work of the Asian Fisheries Society group that produces this website. Most seriously, given the economic factors that drive the fish sector and the importance of the private sector, Marie Christine could not find one private sector initiative on women’s empowerment or a corporate program that was directed at helping women.
Read the Samudra Report article here.
The Boring Road Crossing fish market in Patna, India. The number of women fish vendors has declined substantially. Photo: Bibha Kumar, from Yemaya 49 p. 5.
The July 2015 issue of Yemaya (from the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers) highlights the experiences of women in fish trade and support industries. The editor, Nilanjana Biswas, concludes that the evidence is that women are being ‘ousted from local markets’, typically ending up in more dangerous, less lucrative substandard sites.
Read the Editorial and stories.
- Perched on the brink of survival by Modesta Medard (Tanzania)
- Receding waters, vanishing trades by Bibha Kumar (India)
- Banking on closure by Lorna Slade (Tanzania)
- Guatemala’s comprehensive policy on gender equality by Ramya Rajagopalan
- A couple of champions! by Cornelia Quist (Netherlands)
- Profile: Fisher of the year – Anna Ramirez (Bolivia)
- Making women matter by Nilanjana Biswas
- Q & A Interview with Lakshmi Murthy, seaweed harvester Tamil Nadu
- Yemaya recommends: Globefish report “Role of Women in the Seafood Industry”
- Plus Yemaya Mama (cartoon, What’s new Webby?
Download the whole issue or any individial article at here.
Posted in Bolivia, FAO, UN Women, World Bank, IFAD, UNIDO and other multilateral, Fish post-harvest, ICSF, India, Seaweed, Tamil Nadu, Tanzania
Tagged Bolivia, FAO, ICSF, India, Netherlands, Tamil Nadu, tanzania
Tahira Shah leads a cultural rally in Hyderabad, Pakistan to celebrate World Fisheries Day on 21 November 2013. She spoke up against all forms of discrimination, based on gender, caste and religion and made other women also speak up against these. Source: Yemaya March 2015, ICSF. Photo by Mustafa Gurgaze.
The latest issue of Yemaya, the newsletter on gender and fisheries put out three times a year by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, is full of interesting and thought-provoking articles, several centered around International Women’s Day and continuing struggles for decent lives and rights around the world.
The whole issue or individual articles may be downloaded.
Table of Contents
- From the Editor
- Long Live Women’s Day by Nilanjana Biswas
- Equal Work, Unequal Pay by Eduardo Ramírez Vera (see also this post on women in Chile))
- Milestones: Women 2000 by Ramya Rajagopalan
- A Right to Fish, A Fight to Live (Sunderabans) by Urvashi Sarkar
- What’s New Webby: The Role of Women in Fisheries (FAO, Susana Siar) by Nilanjana Biswas
- Profile: Farmers without borders Annie Castaldo—Shellfish farmer at the Laguna of Thau, France by Katia Frangoudes
- A Life of Truth and Struggle (Tahira Shah, Pakistan) by Mustafa Gurgaze
- Family Fish Farming, Bolivia (see also this post)
- Yemaya Mama (cartoon for International Women’s Day)
- Yemaya Recommends: Document “42 Portraits of Women Working in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors” (Femmes de Mer 42 Portraits. Un Livre De Michèle Villemur) by Brian O’Riordan