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Issue No.50
  • :0973-1156
  • :December
  • :2015

We are happy to present to you the 50th issue of Yemaya. The occasion is unfortunately, however, more sombre than it is celebratory, in a world beset by war and disaster.

Since its launch in April 1999, Yemaya has regularly covered gender issues in the fisheries. It has systematically documented the various forms of gender based inequality and discrimination that prevail in the sector. It has also documented the steady erosion of the livelihood base of artisanal fishers as threats to small-scale fisheries (SSF) continue to grow.

On this occasion, it would be fitting to recall the Shared Gender Agenda that ICSF had released in 2010, with wide endorsement from representatives of fishing communities and fish worker organizations from across the world. Some of the points from the Shared Gender Agenda are worth noting in today’s context.

What’s New, Webby?

Gendered Seas

By Ramya Rajagopalan (, Programme Associate, ICSF

As part of the European project Oceans Past Platform, a new working group on gender and fisheries history named Gendered Seas has been established. The Oceans Past Platform was set up to measure and understand the significance and value to European societies of living marine resource extraction and production to help shape the future of coasts and oceans.

Gendered Seas aims to explore the different roles and responsibilities of women and men in the exploitation and management of living marine resources over time. Claiming that most research in fisheries history has “turned a blind eye on women”, the working group has set itself the task of filling a major gap in the understanding of fisheries systems and their development.

An introductory video on Gendered Seas may be viewed at:

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