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Issue No.1
  • :April
  • :1999

From the Editor

Greetings! We are happy to bring to you the first issue of YEMAYA, ICSF’s newsletter on gender and fisheries. The idea for such a newsletter was first proposed at ICSF’s General Body meeting in Trivandrum in February 1998. It was suggested that the newsletter carry news and views of organisations and individuals working on gender issues in fisheries in different parts of the world. Besides keeping people aware of what is happening, it should help sustain the links between those working on similar issues, and help them network. At present we hope to publish two issues each year.

This first issue brings to you the voices of women and men of fishing communities from different countries, representing their diverse realities. The work they do within the fisheries differs, as do the issues they confront and the level to which they have organized to deal with these. What they do have in common, though, is the will to defend and sustain their communities, the artisanal fisheries sector and their livelihoods.

This newsletter should help to build up a meaningful forum for sharing of experiences, views and strategies. At a time when women and men of artisanal fishing communities in several parts of the world are organising to d