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.
Our Mother Ocean: Enclosure, Commons, and the Global Fishermen’s Movement
Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Monica Chilese; translated by Silvia Federici; Common Notions; NY. 2014
By Nilanjana Biswas (firstname.lastname@example.org), Independent researcher
Our Mother Ocean, co-authored by renowned feminist political theorist Mariarosa Dalla Costa and sociologist Monica Chilese, is a vigorous critique of where globalization and industrialization in fishing have led global water resources to, and the direct role that humankind has played in this destructive relationship.
Oceans are more than mere masses of water. We depend on them for oxygen, for climate control, and for a significant portion of our food resources. Since ancient times, oceans have also been a means for travel, to discover the world, to ‘globalize’ humankind. Today, the same oceans are the sites of some of the worst man-made disasters on earth—the BP oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico; the Fukoshima nuclear disaster, or the ecological catastrophes caused by the repeated tsunamis threatening large parts of coastal communities.