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Issue No.60
  • :0973-1156
  • :April
  • :2020

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 60, April 2020


Women marching on!

Milestones in CAOPA’s march for the rights of women in African artisanal fisheries

By Beatrice Gorez (, Coordinator, Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA), Brussels, Belgium

On 19 March 2010, in Banjul, The Gambia, men and women professionals from the artisanal fishing sector from nine West African countries presided over the formation and launch of the African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing Organisations: CAOPA.

Ten years later, CAOPA has become an advocacy platform for African artisanal fishing community rights, entering into dialogue with African decision makers, as well as with international partners, like the EU and the FAO. CAOPA is now also stronger: it has member organisations in 24 countries from West, East, and North Africa and from the Indian Ocean. Every 21st November, CAOPA uses the occasion of the World Fisheries Day to establish its advocacy agenda for the year to come.

Since the outset, CAOPA has called for the recognition, respect and promotion of the role of women in African artisanal fisheries. However, in the first couple of years of existence,