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Issue No.58
  • :December
  • :2018

GENDER / SEAFOOD INDUSTRY

Gender inequalities and the path forward

A survey among seafood professionals, while revealing gender inequalities across the seafood industry in most countries, also provides pointers for positive change.


By Marie Christine Monfort (womeninseafood@wsi-asso.org), Co-founder and President, The International Organisation for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI)


Several research studies and debates have addressed the issue of discrimination against women in the seafood industry. All segments of this industry, including fishing, aquaculture, seafood processing and all related services, have evidenced that the participation of women is constrained by strong cultural rules, robust societal conventions, and even, in some cases, by discriminatory laws. Women play an important role in all segments of the seafood industry, yet are invisible. They are efficient workers, yet most often underpaid. They are excluded from most decision making spheres. They have little or no access to resources allowing them to face adverse external events, as they do not receive the same public support as men. In addition, ongoing global changes

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