Issue #2 of the Gender Section e-Newsletter released

We are pleased to release the latest annual E-Newsletter of the Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section (GAFS) of the Asian Fisheries Society. The E-Newsletter Editor, Surendran Rajaratnam pointed out that as he wrote his introduction, “people around the world have already endured weeks of social and economic restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Read more about Issue #2 of the Gender Section e-Newsletter released[…]

Marine science meets social science – a gender and human rights focus in the Pacific

By Natalie Makhoul, PEUMP* In the Pacific, the ocean is home. It connects social and cultural life, while providing key resources such as food and economic benefits, as well as connecting infrastructure and leisure opportunities. The Pacific’s richness in culturally enshrined lifestyles, its vast diversity of Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian traditions and its co-existence with Read more about Marine science meets social science – a gender and human rights focus in the Pacific[…]

The story behind collecting the data on women in global study on small-scale fisheries

By Kate Bevitt* Gender experts from across the globe have sought out scarce sets of sex-disaggregated data for the Illuminating Hidden Harvests initiative, ensuring that both women’s and men’s contributions to small-scale fisheries are seen. Just as data tells stories, so too does missing data. “In fisheries, the lack of sex-disaggregated data is a story Read more about The story behind collecting the data on women in global study on small-scale fisheries[…]

Addressing the gender data gap and illuminating women’s participation in fisheries

By Marysia Szymkowiak* and Melissa Rhodes-Reese* Despite evidence of women’s contribution to the sustainability of fisheries worldwide, their roles in fisheries remain poorly understood and most often unrecognized altogether. The main hurdle in assessing women’s contribution is the lack of gender disaggregated data in fisheries, a well understood and nearly universal impediment to understanding women’s Read more about Addressing the gender data gap and illuminating women’s participation in fisheries[…]

Latest special issue of Gender, Technology & Development examines new learnings on women and fisheries

26 May 2020 | Bangkok, Thailand: Women work in all stages of the fish value chain, producing, processing and selling fish and through their work support the economy, their households, and communities in rural and coastal regions. They are said to make up half the fisheries workforce, yet their work goes unrecognized in most official Read more about Latest special issue of Gender, Technology & Development examines new learnings on women and fisheries[…]

Why are women and children vulnerable to food insecurity, despite eating fish? A study in eastern Indonesia

By Emily Gibson* Small-scale fisheries are recognised for the important opportunities they provide in terms of livelihoods and food and nutrition security.  Women, men, the young and elderly, are engaged in different aspects of fisheries value chains, from assisting with preparations for fishing trips to fishing and gleaning, through to processing and marketing the resulting Read more about Why are women and children vulnerable to food insecurity, despite eating fish? A study in eastern Indonesia[…]

Social relations and women’s roles in Malawi fish value chains

Social relations are important in small-scale fisheries value chains. This study addresses the question of how social relations affect engagement and outcomes of women who participate in the fish value chains. The social relations approach was useful to the study as it helped in understanding the social relations within the household and between the actors in the fish value chains.

Three reports on GAF7 outcomes

Three new reports have been released on the 7th Global Conference on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF7), held in Bangkok 18-21 October 2018. These all present different types of important reportage on GAF7 and, from their different perspectives, help fill out the detail on the event. In addition, a number of presentations from GAF7 Read more about Three reports on GAF7 outcomes[…]

Inclusive management and coastal/ocean sustainability

All actors are needed to reach the goal but especially women are a key starting point By Maricela de la Torre-Castro, Stockholm University maricela (at) natgeo.su.se In my recent article, I used the concept of inclusive management to represent “any management strategy that consciously and explicitly considers gender and the whole diversity of actors” dealing Read more about Inclusive management and coastal/ocean sustainability[…]