Every day is women’s day…

Woman laboratory manager, fish quality control center, Wuhan City wholesale fish market, Hubei Prov., China. Photo. M. Williams

.. but 8th March is International Women’s Day!

The UN’s theme for 2012 is Empower Rural Women – End Poverty and Hunger. This is also an appropriate call for women in aquaculture and fisheries. Women now make up a greater percentage of the agricultural workforce than they did a few decades ago. Individual studies on gender in aquaculture and fisheries also show a growing involvement of women in the fish value chains, although hard statistics are not available in most countries.