November 23, 2021

Webinar: “Women Work in Fisheries, Too!”

The Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section of AFS (GAFS), the USAID Sustainable Fish Asia Local Capacity Development (SUFIA LCD) Activity, the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (ICAR-CIFT) and the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) presented the webinar: “Women Work in Fisheries, Too!” on 29 November 2021.

The webinar was part of the GAF8 lead-up events and aimed to:

  • Provide the current situation on gender and labor in the fisheries sector in areas relevant to Asia and to recognize relevant global policies;
  • Identify gendered issues and areas requiring action by national governments, regional agencies, private sector and civil society;
  • Develop a cooperative action plan based on recommendations addressed to specific groups.

The full recording of the webinar can be streamed here. Reports will follow.


2:00-2:05 pmIntroduction Emcee: Hana Hetty Manuela
2:05-2:20 pmWelcome Remarks
Brad Arsenault, USAID RDMA
Ravishankar CN, ICAR-CIFT
Mohd Kushairi Mohd Rajuddin, CTI-CFF
Meryl J. Williams, GAFS/AFS
 Group Photo
2:20-2:30 pmGender and Labor in Fisheries 101
Arlene N. Satapornvanit, Project Manager, USAID Sustainable Fish Asia Local Capacity Development Activity
2:30-4:30 pmPresentations
Moderator: Kyoko Kusakabe, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
 Women workers in small scale fisheries in India.
Nikita Gopal, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, India
 Women’s Roles in the Fisheries Value Chain.
Jariya Sornkliang, Fisheries Management Specialist, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Thailand
 Women’s voice and identity in Small Scale Fisheries and Coastal Resources Management.
Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Sustainable Development Foundation, Thailand
 Women as Advocates Against Forced Labor in Fishing Vessels.
Joe Pres Gaudiano, Project Manager, SAFE Seas Project, PLAN International, Philippines  
 Opportunities in Alternative Livelihood for Women in Coastal Villages of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Aazani Mujahid, University Malaysia Sarawak, CTI-CFF Women Leaders’ Forum (Video ppt)
 A Business Case for Applying a Gender Lens in Fisheries Businesses.
Caterina Meloni, Connecting Founders, Thailand
ASIC Social and Gender Standard in Aquaculture and Fisheries.
Rachel Matheson, Social and Gender Lead, Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative, Canada (Video ppt)
4:30-4:45 pmReflections on the presentations
Kyoko Kusakabe, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
4:45-4:55 pmPresentation of the Draft Cooperative Action Plan on Gender and Labor in Fisheries: Equitable, Inclusive and Just Work
Surendran Rajaratnam, WorldFish, Malaysia
4:55-5:00 pmClosing Remarks
Meryl J. Williams, Chair, Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section, Asian Fisheries Society