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Issue No:85
  • :0976 1121
  • :May
  • :2021

Samudra Report No.85, May 2021


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Women in Fishing

In Abidjan, women in the artisanal fishing sector offer work to young people 

In Côte d’Ivoire, more than half of the population is under 20 years old. In artisanal fishing communities such as Abidjan, San Pedro and Grand-Bereby, many young people are desperate for work.

With the scarcity of fish, becoming a fisherman or a woman fish processor is almost mission impossible. With a very low school attendance - on average, only a third of young people in fishing communities have had access to education, half that of young people nationally - finding a job outside the artisanal fishing sector is even more difficult.

To give these young people a future in Côte d’Ivoire, the women of the Co-operative des Mareyeuses et Transformatrices des ProduitsHalieutiquesd’Abidjan (CMATPHA) have reacted. They got together and decided to make room for them in the artisanal fish processing sector. “We are their mothers, we couldn’t stand by and do nothing,” explains Micheline Dion Somplehi, president of the co-operative. In a show of solidarity, the women agreed to share the benefits of their activities with the young people, entrusting them with various tasks, such as unloading the catches and preparing the fish...

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