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Issue No.61
  • :0973-1156
  • :August
  • :2020

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 61, August 2020


Small-scale fisheries and food security

A brief overview of relevant global findings and processes on the contributions of small-scale fisheries and rights to food and nutrition security, with a focus on the FAO

By Nicole Franz (, Fishery Planning Analyst, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

The adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) by the UN General Assembly in 1979 can be seen as the formalisation of the recognition of the rights and roles of women, and a commitment of the global community to respect and support these. It also charted the way for the next historical milestone in realising women’s rights, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted in 1995 which charted the pathways for women’s empowerment. The importance of gender equality is also reflected in the outcome document of the Rio+20 conference ‘The future we want’, which has a section on gender equality and women’s empowerment, culminating in the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goal 5 dedicated to gender equality. All thes