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Celebrating the crucial role of women in fisheries on International Women’s Day 2017 March 08,2017   |  Source: FAO

On Marh 8, around the world, we celebrate International Women’s Day.

Here at FAO Headquarters, we will be marking the day with an event that builds upon the High-level event held at FAO Headquarters last December : ‘Step it Up Together with Rural Women to End hunger and Poverty’. You can follow the webcasting here.

The fisheries and aquaculture sectors are excellent examples of where women play a key role, but where their crucial contribution to the sector is too often overlooked.

One FAO project is looking to address these issue and to position women firmly within discussions and actions designed to strengthen the sector.

The Global Environment Facility’s Coastal Fisheries Initiative brings numerous partners together – including FAO, the World Bank, the United National Environmental Program, The United Nations Development Program, Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fun – to strengthen fisheries coastal communities around the world.

The component managed by FAO, in three west Africa countries – Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal – places great emphasis on strengthening women’s role throughout the entire fish value chain.

Strengthening women’s role in marketing locally caught fish in Cabo Verde

Women in Cabo Verde,


© © FAO, 2017

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