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Bangladesh women shrimp farmers at training course. Photo: M. Nuruzzaman
Catch up here on our comprehensive overview of all 48 presentations and posters from GAF3. Presenters from 21 countries covered the following geographic areas: global – 9 presentations; countries – Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam; Africa: Namibia, Tanzania; regions; South and Southeast Asia, Pacific, Europe.
The report, SHINING A LIGHT ON GENDER IN AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES, discovered some common threads among the many papers.
- The social context of gender needs deeper diagnosis than gender alone in order to understand the complex ‘back stories’ of women and communities.
- Women are still invisible and often marginal in the fish sector, trade and in natural resource management, although mainstream exceptions exist
- The conundrum of women’s access to micro-finance yet lack of progress in building assets; and
- The struggles and successes of achieving gender equality in institutions.
Messages of hope also emerged, founded on intrinsic community and personal resilience strategies and innovations such as training and inclusive governance.
All those of us involved with GAF3 wish to express our gratitude for the support of the:
- Asian Fisheries Society
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines, Inc.
- FAO-Spain Regional Fisheries Livelihood Programme for South and Southeast Asia
- Indian Council of Agricultural Research
- Shanghai Ocean University
- Mundus Maris
- plus the personal support of all presenters and their organizations.
Posted in Aquaculture, Conservation, Fish post-harvest, Fisheries, GAF3, Gender, Men, Women
Tagged aquaculture, fisheries, GAF3, gender, men, women
From Mundus Maris – Sciences and Arts for Sustainability – website: Stella Williams reports back from GAF3
The Shanghai Ocean University hosted the 9th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (9AFAF) and several associated symposia from 21 to 25 April 2011. Working with and mentoring young people has been a staple for Stella Williams of Mundus maris, who also spoke at the 3rd Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture Symposium organised as well in Shanghai. Stella gave an invited talk in the event and also seized the opportunity to show three posters specifically focussing on people in aquaculture – mostly women. Stella says, meeting the young people from the university was among the best parts of a very interesting trip.
The RFLP participants: (from left) Angela Lentisco, Nguyen Dang Hao, Heng Ponley, Bandara Basnayake and Rosario Segundina P. Gaerlan.
- GAF3: Dr Stella Williams makes a point. In foreground is RFLP presenter Dr Nguyen Dang Nao, Hue University
RFLP May Newsletter
In its first newsletter, (6 May 2011), RFLP featured its particiaption at GAF3. the Newsletter noted: RFLP ‘helped facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experiences on gender issues in fisheries by supporting the attendance of participants from Viet Nam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines to the 3rd Global Symposium on Gender and Fisheries (3GAF) in Shanghai, China 21 to 23 of April.’
The Newsletter also features articles on work on co-management, safety at sea, community, vocational training, micro-finance and many other interesting topics in the Spanish-funded Programme’s project countries, namely: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Vietnam.
Posted in Asia, FAO, Fisheries, GAF3, Gender, Women
Tagged Cambodia, FAO, fisheries, GAF3, gender, Philippines, RFLP, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
Some of the GAF3 presenters
The GAF3 Symposium of the Asian Fisheries Society ended successfully on 23 April as part of the 9th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum at Shanghai Ocean University. Supported by AFS and FAO and their home institutions, 42 presentations were made by 38 presenters from 20 countries and all continents. Questions and discussions were very lively. The GAF3 sessions were very well attended also by many other 9AFAF attendees in addition to the speakers.
REPORTS COMING SOON!
Posted in Aquaculture, Conservation, Events, awards, grants, employment, Fish post-harvest, Fisheries, GAF3, Gender, Men, Women
Tagged 9afaf, aquaculture, Asian Fisheries Society, conference, FAO, fisheries, GAF3, gender, mainstreaming, women
The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has just released the latest edition of its triannual newsletter on gender and fisheries, Yemaya. Yemaya No. 36, dated March 2011, carries several articles from around the world on women in fisheries, and how gender and power relations play out in small-scale fisheries.
A report on a recent public hearing in Europe shows how women in ﬁsheries are fast gaining public visibility. Another from Chile cites archaeological evidence to conﬁrm that inhabitants of the Chiloe archipelago used sea-plants for food and medicine, which, as demonstrated at a workshop, could be usefully employed today by the women of fishing families.
Another article in Yemaya No. 36 recounts the journey of the Asian Fisheries Society in making gender and ﬁsheries a priority concern (see ‘From the margins to the mainstream.’) Genderaquaqfish is featured in What’s new, Webby?
The landmark decision on small-scale fisheries taken by the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at its 29th Session is detailed in another piece in the current issue of Yemaya.
Reviews in Yemaya No. 36 include one on a new ﬁeld handbook developed by the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia, which highlights the contribution of women, and another on the gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment.
Apart from an interview with with Solene Smith, a leader of Coastal Links, Langebaan, South Africa, the current issue includes the regular sections, like website recommendations and the ever-popular cartoon strip, Yemaya Mama.
Yemaya No. 36 can be downloaded for free, either as individual articles or in toto, at
8 March is International Women’s Day 2011
“Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women” is the UN theme for International Women’s Day 2011. Next month, the papers on the AFS 3rd Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries themes will address pathways to decent work for women as well as pathways for women to become decision-makers, leaders and to occupy many different social and economic roles. We will address:
A. Gender and fish supply chains
B. Gendered responses to change in aquaculture and fisheries
C. Engendering fisheries and aquaculture policies and governance
To see what is happening on International Women’s Day, go to IWD.
And in case you were wondering, yes, the UN now also has an International Men’s Day. Although International Women’s Day celebrates its centenary in 2011, International Men’s Day began only in 1999. It is celebrated on 19 November.
Perhaps we can dream of one day getting beyond these needs for separate and special interests and filters, and celebrate shared and different gender roles and contributions!
Posted in Events, awards, grants, employment, FAO, UN Women, World Bank, IFAD, UNIDO and other multilateral, International Women's Day, Women
Tagged aquaculture, fisheries, GAF3, International Women's Day, UN, women