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Issue No:84
  • :0976 1121
  • :December
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.84, December 2020

Belize / Cooperatives 

Reform Agenda for Empowering Women

A study of three fishing communities shows only with empowerment can women occupy positions of power in fisheries cooperatives

This article is by Sydney R. Fuller (, Executive Director, Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association (BFCA), Belize, and Nadine Nembhard (, Administrative Officer, Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations (CNFO), Belize, and General Secretary, World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), Belize

What do young fisherwomen in Belize need? How can decent work and empowerment come to them? A collaboration among three bodies addressed these questions; they included the Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association (BFCA), the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) and CoopeSoliDar RL. In addition, the organizations proposed to enhance the knowledge of young women in Belizean fisheries.

BFCA functions like a bridge between the Government of Belize (GOB) and the commercial fishing industry. The issues covered include legislation, and social and economic matters pertaining to commercial fishing since its inception on October 23, 1970. The BFCA board members consist of bona fide fishers from the only three existing fishing cooperatives, as also...

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