The latest edition of Yemaya, has a major focus on the recent Rio+20 Conference and how, despite calls for accountability and action by women’s groups, it fell far short of expectations.
Other articles in the current issue, Yemaya No. 40, dated July 2012, include one from Gambia on a project for women who process fish by smoking, and another on how commercialization of the fisheries of Tanzania Lake has destroyed local customs and traditions.
Yemaya No. 40 features an interview with Cleonice Silva Nascimento, a fisherwoman leader of Brazil's National Articulation of Fisherwomen (NAF) and the Movement of Artisanal Fishermen and Fisherwomen (MAFF).
Also included is a profile of Masnu’ah, a fisherwoman and leader of the fisherwomen’s group in Morodemak in the Bonang district of Indonesia's central Java.
From the Editor
Opinion is divided on the outcome of the recently-concluded United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as the Rio+20 Conference. While the UN declared the Conference to be a success, women’s groups, NGOs and other civil society representatives have been more critical. Rio+20, they say, was not a step forward but two steps back. From the point of view of women in the fisheries, which of these views is closer to the truth?
The 1992 Earth Summit at Rio had led to the development of Agenda21, a blueprint of action for the new millennium. It had delivered the three Rio Conventions: the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which in turn cleared the path for the Kyoto Protocol, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Conference agreements clearly recognized the vital role of women in environmental management and development and Agenda21 outlined a set of objectives, activities, and means of implementation for national governments to achieve the ‘full, equal and beneficial integration of women in all development activities