National Workshop: SSF Guidelines and Women in Fisheries, India, Asha Nivas, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
8 to 10 April 2022

The negotiated Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) were endorsed by the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at its Thirty-first Session in June 2014. The implementation of the SSF Guidelines is identified as a significant step for enhancing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to nutrition and food security. Gender mainstreaming is integral to the implementation process of the SSF Guidelines. Gender equality and equity are held as one of the seven pillars of the United Nations International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 (IYAFA). As part of the implementation process, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) Trust is organizing a national workshop on building a platform of women in fisheries to promote gender equality and equity, to recognize livelihood space and to improve the participation of women in decision-making processes. The Workshop—supported by FAO—will be held at Asha Nivas, Chennai, from 8 to 10 April, 2022. Key women fishworker representatives from the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal are expected to attend.


Workshop Materials




Photos: Group photo,


Links to other workshops





  • Infographic video on SSF guidelines: Gender equity and equality


1. The Code on Wages, 2019
2. The Industrial Relations Code, 2020
3. The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020
4. The Code on Social Security, 2020

1. Draft Central Rules on The Code on Wages, 2019
2. Draft Central Rules on The Industrial Relations Code, 2020
3. Draft Central Rules on The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020
4. Draft Central Rules on The Code on Social Security, 2020

South Asia News Alerts compilation from March 2020 to March 2022


ICSF’s Workshops Reports

Report of the National Workshop: The SSF Guidelines and Mainstreaming Gender into Fisheries Policies and Legislation, YWCA of Madras International Guest House, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 18 to 20 August 2019

Report of the Brainstorming Session for the National Workshop on Enhancing Capacities of Women Fishworkers in India for the Implementation of the SSF Guidelines, Ashir Bhawan, Ernakulam, Kerala, 15‐16 May, 2019

Report on workshop on enhancing capacities of women fishworkers in India for the implementation of the ssf guidelines, 21–23 November 2016, Ashoka Hall, Asha Nivas Social Service Centre, Chennai, India
Photos: Day-1, Day-2 and Day-3Chintadripet field visit

Film – Shifting Undercurrents: Women seaweed collectors of Gulf of Mannar, India

ICSF’s website: Gender in fisheries page

Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture