GAF4 Themes

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10th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum
(S-2) Special Session 2: 4th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries
Yeosu, Korea
May 1 to  May 3 2013



  1. GENDERED CHANGE: Capabilities and vulnerabilities with respect to changes (environmental, social, cultural, economic, livelihood). Gendered change (for women, men, girls, boys) is an important characteristic of the major changes occurring in aquaculture and fisheries. However, the gendered nature of change is little recognized, little studied and rarely measured. How can it be researched, measured and how should different agencies (e.g., fisheries departments, development agencies, NGOs) address it? Chair: Dr Hillary Egna, Co-Chair – to be advised. Lead speaker and contributed papers.
  2. GENDER ASSETS, SPACES AND ROLES: Qualifying and quantifying gender assets and roles, and the gendered use of space in aquaculture and fisheries (or) Unique spaces for women in aquaculture and fisheries. Co- Co-Chairs – to be advised. Lead speaker and contributed papers.
  3. MEETING FUTURE NEEDS: Policy and advocacy related to gender in aquaculture and fisheries – research, development, decision making bodies (governments, public spaces), and the human capacity requirements. Chair, Co-Chair – to be advised. Lead speaker and contributed papers.
  4. STATUS AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF WOMEN TO AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES: A SESSION IN HONOR OF DR M.C. NANDEESHA. This Session will contain tributes and papers in honor of the late Dr M.C. Nandeesha, the initiator of the AFS Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries activities.


  1. NORAD-NACA WORKSHOP ON MAINSTREAMING GENDER IN NACA: How can the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) mainstream gender into its work program and what strategies can it develop to achieve this? As NACA approaches its 25th year and examines its future directions, this facilitated workshop will examine how this important regional inter-governmental body, comprised of the world’s largest aquaculture producing countries, can address gender in its ongoing and planned programs and regional partnerships. Chair: Dr Meryl Williams.

2.      ASEM AQUACUTLURE PLATFORM FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION ON FUTURE RESEARCH NEEDS: What are the most important areas to cover in ASEM (Asian-Europe Meeting) future research (methodology, subjects of interest, types of beneficiary) concerning gender and aquaculture. Chair: Dr Zumilah Zainalaludin

3.      GENDER RESEARCH METHODS ROUNDTABLE: Qualitative and Quantitative methods in gender research and writing gender papers eg: research design for comparative analysis of seaweed farming and gender. Mini Workshop:  Chair: Dr Marilyn Potter, + Co-Chair– (to be advised )

4.      WOMEN, GENDER NETWORKS AND ASSOCIATIONS FOR AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES: To explore why establishing and maintaining women and gender in fisheries and aquaculture networks and interest groups has proven difficult in all countries and regions. From experience, lessons learned, better understanding the needs and challenges, and brainstorming new pathways, explore options for future action in research, advocacy and development support. Chair: to be advised.

 Dr Nikita Gopal

Chair, Program Sub-Committee

One response to “GAF4 Themes

  1. Hello
    This week I spoke to Dr Meryl Williams who told me about your 2013 Conference on gender in aquaculture and fisheries. I was a founding member and National Director of the Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community (WINSC) in Australia and am very interested in women’s networks in the seafood industry and the difficulties of establishing and maintaining these networks and organisations.
    I have been onto the Website for the main conference and was wondering if the GAF4 will be held consecutively or within this Conference Program? As I am interested in submitting an Abstract for the Conference I was also wondering what the main focus of the GAF4 will be for this meeting?
    Best regards
    Jenny Shaw

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