From the Editor
The recently-concluded 6th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF6), held in Bangkok from 3 to 6 August, underscored the need for the effective implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines)—a key demand uniting women across the small-scale fisheries sector today. In session after session, various presentations on gender in the fisheries made the case for a speedy, sustained and meaningful implementation of the Guidelines. At the same time, there was agreement that far from being a uniform strategy, implementation would in fact be a challenging exercise, involving regional specificity and local adaptation.
A key issue that complicates the task of implementation is the lack of official statistics and data across countries on women’s work in the SSF. This scarcity of data is in turn the result of how fishing as an economic activity is defined, emphasizing only production or the act of catching fish, with the rest of the full spectrum of activities, from net-mending and bait preparation to cleaning, processing and selling the catch, being largely ignored. In Brazil, as we see in this issu