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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.

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42 Portraits of Women Working in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors

Femmes de Mer 42 Portraits. Un Livre De Michèle Villemur

By Brian O’ Riordan (, Belgium Office Secretary, ICSF

This colourful and informative book celebrates the work of women in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in France. It is designed to “let women speak” about their work in fishing, in aquaculture, and other related occupations.

The foreword traces the difficult history for women trying to engage as professionals in the marine domain. A 17th century law—the Colbert law—forbade women to go aboard fishing vessels, merchant ships and warships. Despite such laws being lifted, women continue to face barriers of tradition. The 42 portraits demonstrate how the times are changing.

Scarlette le Corre, in 1983, at the age of 28, became the first woman in France to qualify as a seagoing fisher. The mother of three children and daughter of a master fisherman and farmer, she hails from the village of Penmarc’h in Brittany. Along with catching fish which she sells locally, she works as

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