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Engendering Security in Fisheries and Aquaculture

6th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture & Fisheries (GAF6)
Special Symposium at the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum, Bangkok, Thailand
Dates: 3-7 August 2016, @ Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC)

The special Symposium aims to increase the profile of women in aquaculture and fisheries, as well as increase capacity for gender research and the implementation of gender policy. This year our Symposium theme “Engendering security in fisheries and aquaculture” reflects the multiple facets of security for people in fish supply chains, including the food security theme of the AFAF. It goes well beyond food security, however, and broadens the security theme to include other important and connected aspects that impact women and men in fish supply chains, such as access to natural resources, fair livelihoods, environment, natural and climate change related disasters, and domestic violence.

Symposium sessions will vary in format, according to their content and purpose. GAF6 will have opportunities for oral and poster presentations, as well as short workshops, panels and events to stimulate networking. Students are encouraged to participate. We intend to promote Interactions between grassroots groups, participants from industry, researchers and educators.

Symposium Themes

Special Workshops

  1. Implementation of the gender elements of the Voluntary Guidelines on Small-scale Fisheries – by Katia Frangoudes and Danika Kleiber [For more details click here.]

DESCRIPTION. The Voluntary Guidelines on Small-scale Fisheries is the first international fisheries policy document that includes gender equity and equality. The implementation of these guidelines will have important impacts on the governance and sustainability of small-scale fisheries around the world, and the inclusion of gender is key to their success. In this session we will present an introduction to the guidelines, and offer context specific examples of their implementation from a diversity of experts representing different regions and governing institutions. We will also address the implications of the gender aspects of the Strategic Development Goals. The session will be followed by a workshop to develop a set of implementation suggestions.

 TYPE. Two back-to-back sessions:

      • Session 1: Introduction to the guidelines and presentations of examples of implementation
      • Session 2: Workshop (with an output of recommendations for implementation)
  1. GAF 101 (proposed training workshop) – by Marilyn Porter, Holly Hapke, Susana Siar, Kyoko Kusakabe

 DESCRIPTION. Gender work is vital to fisheries and aquaculture, but there is often a gap in understanding of what gender and gender research is. This workshop will explore the basic concepts of gender theory with the goal of introducing gender concepts to a broad audience. In the workshop participants will also learn current issues in gender research, and discuss how to increase capacity for a greater depth of gender research in the field of fisheries and aquaculture.

The objective of the workshop will be to:

  • Help participants gain a deeper understanding of what we mean by gender research in fisheries, going beyond gender divisions of labor.
  • Discuss relevant research questions and analysis from a gender perspective.

Number of participants.  Minimum 5, maximum 30

Content. Lecture-based sessions on

  • Why gender analysis in fisheries
  • What is gender analysis in fisheries
  • Going beyond gender division of labor
  • Exploring power relations

 Panel  &  Networking

  1. The fish industry, gender and social development – by Arlene (Jigsz) Satapornvanit and Marie-Christine Monfort

DESCRIPTION. There is a growing interest in the link between the seafood industry and social responsibility and development, including a focus on gender. This comes from an awareness that human and community aspects of fisheries must be included with environmental, and economic understanding. Inputs from gender experts will be needed to communicate the need for gender sensitive and responsive approaches to the seafood industry as they plan and design activities for their business and CSRs?

TYPE. Round table discussions, networking

Special Sessions

  1. Regional updates on gender in fisheries and aquaculture – by Nikita Gopal and others tba

DESCRIPTION. The status of gender in fisheries and aquaculture is both diverse and dynamic, as are the issues of key concern. In this session regional experts will update the status reports from previous GAF symposiums.

TYPE. Oral presentations/ Poster presentations

  1. Gender in fish trade and value chains – by Clara Park, Susana Siar and Yvette Diei-Ouadi

 DESCRIPTION. Fisheries trade can be a key source of livelihood for women and men in fisheries communities. However there are often gender disparities in access to fisheries and credit resources, as well as access to markets at the local, national, and international scale. In this session we will examine issues of access, as well as power imbalance in credit systems that can lead to poverty traps for women and men.

TYPE. Oral and poster presentations

  1. Focus Thailand & Mekong Region : GAF in Thailand/ Mekong region – by Kyoko Kusakabe (, Arlene (Jigsz) Satapornvanit ( and Ubolratana Suntornratna (

DESCRIPTION. This session highlights the development of gender/women in fisheries/ aquaculture in Thailand and Mekong region. Women are active in fisheries/ aquaculture as well as processing and marketing in the Mekong region. We invite presentations to share the experience in the region to a wider audience.

We encourage fisheries researchers and gender experts who have been working on gender in fisheries in the region to demonstrate their analysis and initiatives.

We also encourage researchers/ students in the region who normally do not present in GAF to share their observations and ideas. If there is any need in preparing for your presentation, please contact any of the three conveners and we will be happy to help whatever we can (content, analysis, language, etc.)

TYPE. Oral and poster presentations

7. Youth and fish – by Arlene (Jigsz) Satapornvanit, Sirisuda Jumnongsong, Yuan Derun and Sansanee Wangvoralak

DESCRIPTION. This will be a youth competition to help raise awareness about gender in aquaculture and fisheries in schools, through art, music or multi-media. We will engage university students to facilitate this in each country. Students will be encouraged to organize this event and judge submissions.

TYPE. Oral and poster presentations

GAF6 Oral & Poster Presentations

ORAL and POSTER presentations on the broad themes listed (but not limited to) below are welcomed. Paper writers are encouraged to take the opportunity and submit their work relevant to the themes. The papers are required to have a strong gender component.

  1. Oral & poster Sessions
  • Fishing communities and wellbeing, including violence against women – by (TBD)

Measurements of human wellbeing have been developed as an alternative to inadequate economic measures. Gender is a key consideration for understanding the wellbeing of fishing people and fishing communities, particularly as gender roles may change to accommodate shifting ecological and economic realities. Living free of violence, and particularly women living free of domestic violence is important to include in wellbeing assessments of fishing communities.

  • Climate change and disaster preparedness – by Lalit Tyagi and Angela Lentisco

 Coastal communities are at risk to climate change related and other natural disasters. Women are frequently found to be more vulnerable than men to disasters, making gender and important component of disaster mitigation and recovery strategies. In this session we will focus on disaster preparedness issues related to fisheries and aquaculture communities. This session will also link with the FishAdapt: Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture, to be held in Bangkok immediately after GAF6 (8-10 August, 2016).

  • Thinking beyond the framework of gender and fisheries – by Marilyn Porter

As we develop our expertise in how gender operates in all sectors of fisheries and aquaculture, this session offers the opportunity to reflect on how we bring together our current research and develop a theory of gender and fisheries. Contributors will provide overviews of how gender and fisheries can be informed by other disciplines, such as economics, geography, sociology and political science. It will explore the current limitations of feminisms in addressing the problems we have uncovered in our gender and fisheries work.

  • Gender and food safety – by (TBD)

Food safety is an important trade issue but has larger livelihood, social and economic connotations in the community.  While large scale fish producing  and processing sectors have been able to invest in the upgradation of infrastructure and technology required to meet food safety regulatory standards, the small scale players, who are more vulnerable to sudden shifts in policy, have not been able to scale up to the levels demanded. This session will focus on identifying gender issues in relation to implementation of food safety regulations in the sector.

Field Visit

  1. Putting gender integration ideas into action (with field visit) – by (TBD)

DESCRIPTION. Gender policy and programs can “evaporate” through the process of implementation. In this session we will explore the challenges to gender sensitive approaches and invite practitioners working in the field to present concrete examples of how to overcome those challenges. This session will also include personal stories about how these approaches have work to change the fishing communities and lives of fishing people. This session will also include a field visit to (TBD).

GAF Network Meeting

  1. During GAF6, we plan to give the GAF Network a formal structure. Since the GAFs have been a regular feature of the AFAF, it is time that the event is formalized so that work can be continued, through a formal channel rather than through volunteer groups that now are now taking the work forward. The first formal meeting of GAF Network will be held during the GAF6 at the 11AFAF.


Wed, 3 Aug 15:00 11AFAF Registration desk opens
Time to be announced GAF Network meeting
Time to be announced GAF 101 Training Workshop
Thu, 4 Aug FN 11AFAF Inauguration
FN Plenary Talks
FN Release of GAF Logo & AFS Special Issue (GAF5)
AN GAF6 Special Workshop
Fri, 5 Aug FN & AN GAF6 Sessions – paper presentation & Posters
Sat, 6 Aug FN GAF6 Sessions to continue
AN 11AFAF Plenary & Closing Sessions
Sun, 7 Aug FN Field visit (Grassroots/industry/researchers networking)