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Empowering, counting and hearing women: GAF7 showcases gender equality progress and challenges by Kate Bevitt November 02,2018   |  Source: GAF

Emerging research methods and unique technologies that empower and benefit women, alongside women fishworkers’ organisations around the world, are helping to close the gender gap in fisheries and aquaculture. But more still needs to be done to ensure that women are heard, counted and empowered in local to international policy and decision-making arenas.

These were the key themes that emerged from Expanding the Horizons, the 7th Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries conference in Bangkok on 18-21 October 2018, which brought together around 150 experts, researchers and practitioners to discuss strategies to enhance gender inclusiveness and equality.

Turning #MeToo into #WeToo in aquaculture and fisheries

“The seafood industry doesn’t work if there’s no women, just like it doesn’t work if there’s no fish. The world needs seafood to feed, and the industry needs women to make it happen,” said Dr. Darian McBain, Global Director for Sustainable Development, Thai Union, in her keynote address. This set a vibrant yet serious mood for the conference organized by the Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section of the Asian Fisheries Society, the Asian Institute of Technology and the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific.

Over the four days,

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