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Issue No.64
  • :0973-1156
  • :November
  • :2021

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 64, November 2021

Latin America/ GENDER dialogue

A sea of opportunities

A dialogue series conducted in Latin America during the pandemic explored ways to promote gender equality in the fisheries sector

By Jackelline Siles ( Senior Gender Programme Manager, International Union For Conservation of Nature (IUCN). USA, and Neyra Solano, ( Gender Equality Specialist, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI), Mexico

Sustainable fisheries are vital to achieving food security, alleviating poverty and increasing economic growth worldwide. In coastal countries, seafood represents up to 70 percent of protein intake and is an essential source of vitamins, fats and minerals. Globally, more than 40 million people work in fisheries-related activities, with an estimated 90 percent of them operating on a small scale. In the fisheries context, an estimated 2.3 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean are directly or indirectly engaged in fishing activities. The relevance of small-scale fisheries in the region becomes clear when it is recognize