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Issue No.51
  • :0973-1156
  • :April
  • :2016

Another International Women’s Day (March 8) has gone by, with significant achievements for women in the fisheries across the world. However, while we take stock of, and celebrate the achievements, we should also reflect on the long road of struggle ahead—a struggle for the rights of small-scale fisheries; for the rights of women engaged in fishing, fish trade and fish-work.

Women have always been the backbone of the small-scale fisheries sector across the world. However the contribution of women, both in economic and social terms, have been constantly undervalued.


Women in Aquaculture

Case studies of aquaculture production in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam throw up several important questions and issues related to the empowerment of women in the sector

By Arlene Nietes Satapornvanit (, formerly worked with Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, with support from Amonrat Sermwatanakul and Kanit Naksung Department of Fisheries, Thailand; Kao Sochivi, Fisheries Administration, Cambodia; Truong Hoang Minh and Nguyen Thi Kim Quyen, Cantho University, Vietnam; Yuan Derun, Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, Thailand; and Nikita Gopal, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India

It has been reported in many documents that women are involved at various nodes of the aquaculture value chain. However, is it enough that they participate in activities? How much involvement is considered work? How much work is considered paid work? How does women’s involvement in aquaculture impact their value and well being? One of the challenges facing wo

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