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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.

AFRICA / HISTORY

Women in Fisheries in Africa: 1999-2015

This article discusses the important milestones in the recent history of women in fisheries in several African countries vis–à–vis the role of Yemaya over the years


By Jackie Sunde (jsunde@telkomsa.net), Member, ICSF


1999-2000:

Shortly after Yemaya was born within ICSF in 1999, it reached the shores of West Africa. Women fishworkers and fishers in Senegal, Guinea Conakry and Gambia greeted the new publication with excitement and expressed their hopes that Yemaya would become their “umbilical cord, linking women fishworkers with each other and enabling them to share their concerns and learn from one another” (See Mariame Kane,  M’bour, Senegal, Yemaya Issue 2, 1999).

From the very first edition of Yemaya, it became apparent that women in fisheries on the continent shared common agenda. The agenda linked women who worked and lived within the vibrant, well-established fisheries of the West African region, and women fishers and fish traders on the shor

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