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Issue No:56
  • :0973–1121
  • :July
  • :2010

The Fisherwoman
The fisherwoman
in her boat
under the sky,
deep blue above,
deep blue below,
salty, skin
the fisherwoman

A soft song
o my love, o my lord,
carry me, float me, rock me, rescue me
a soft song for the fish and the sky
and the broad ocean and all the things on islands
that call to her.

Buildings, streets, people, suits
on green islands
across the ancient ocean,
the endless sleeping sea.

Through the light she sees the islands
and the fish watch
and wait.

—Janet Jackson


Gender Agenda

Developments in Fisheries have had a great impact on the lives and livelihoods of women in Fishing communities, a recent workshop was told

This article is by Harini Kumar (, student of communication, Hyderabad Central University, India, and Sonali Prakash (, Programme Associate, ICSF

Oh Great Spirit, Creator of all Faiths and all of life,
We the women involved in the fisheries worldwide
Offer our Thanks for allowing us to gather here in beautiful Chennai, India
and for all of those who are with us in spirit.

We humbly ask you to guide our discussions over the next few days with strength, compassion and perseverance and wisdom, and may our conclusions be transformed into action for all women in the fisheries and their families.

We also wish to honour all fisherfolk and their loved ones who have passed on from this life, by remembering our good comrade and friend, Harekrishna Debnath and the very source of our life, the fish in the seas, rivers, oceans and lakes

May we carry the heartbeat of all Mother Earth in our hearts, our work and in our relations with each other.

Thank You
All of My Relations

—Sherry Pictou, Co-chair, World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), Canada


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