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Issue No.48
  • :0973-1156
  • :March
  • :2015

March 8, or International Women’s Day, is an occasion for women across the world to gather in solidarity to mark women’s ongoing struggles for equality, freedom, dignity and a violence-free life. For more than a hundred years, ever since the historic protests of New York’s garment workers forced the commemoration of this important day, March 8 has also been an occasion for women on their long road to freedom to take collective stock of gains made and setbacks suffered, and to plan ahead. As examples from across the world in this issue of Yemaya illustrate, so it is in the case of women in fishing and coastal communities, whose lives are a daily testament to the spirit of struggle and resilience underlying International Women’s Day.

Report / International Women’s Day

Long Live Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, women from fishing communities from different parts of the world strengthened their central role in the livelihood struggles of their communities

By Nilanjana Biswas (, Independent Researcher

For women across the world, March 8 symbolizes the International Women’s Day—a day that marks the struggles of women for gaining equality and freedom, for ending gender-based discrimination and violence in all aspects of life, and for a more just and equitable world order. This year, women from fishing communities from different parts of the world marked the day in their own different ways. The following examples, from fishing communities in three continents, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Asia, Chile from the Americas, and Guinea-Bissau and Uganda in Africa, bring out the different immediate priorities facing fishing women, while stressing the underlying common threads of their struggles.

A large number of fisherwomen and peasant women, wearing traditional dresses and carrying rose petals, thronged lakes

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