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Issue No.50
  • :0973-1156
  • :December
  • :2015

We are happy to present to you the 50th issue of Yemaya. The occasion is unfortunately, however, more sombre than it is celebratory, in a world beset by war and disaster.

Since its launch in April 1999, Yemaya has regularly covered gender issues in the fisheries. It has systematically documented the various forms of gender based inequality and discrimination that prevail in the sector. It has also documented the steady erosion of the livelihood base of artisanal fishers as threats to small-scale fisheries (SSF) continue to grow.

On this occasion, it would be fitting to recall the Shared Gender Agenda that ICSF had released in 2010, with wide endorsement from representatives of fishing communities and fish worker organizations from across the world. Some of the points from the Shared Gender Agenda are worth noting in today’s context.

Analysis / Trade

Women in today’s fisheries economy

At both the micro- and macro-economic level, the impact of the fisheries economy is deeply gendered—a problem t­­hat must be addressed through explicit, affirmative action


By Meryl Williams (MerylJWilliams@gmail.com), Asian Fisheries Society, Honorary Life Member


The economy is the most significant factor in how the fish sector operates. When considering how economic events affect fisheries, gender impacts are rarely examined, even though many impacts are gender sensitive. Our current state of knowledge merely hints at the gendered impacts of the economy. This has to change; economic arguments must be added to the social agenda for gender equality in fisheries.

Fisheries enterprises extend from micro-livelihood enterprises to large multi-national corporations. Those who work in fisheries businesses, directly and indirectly, may be labourers through to top level executives and owners. In aggregate, according to the 2012 World Bank ‘Hidden Harvests’ study, nearly half of the workers are women, concentrated in but not limited to the processing sector and marketing jobs

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