Gender Analysis – Coastal Villages of Keti Bunder, Sindh
The MFF/SEAFDEC regional study proposes to explore gender patterns in coastal and marine resources management to improve understanding about the state of women and men in environmental decision making and the structural challenges preventing equitable opportunities for men and women in relation to the coastal, marine and fisheries sectors. The study will cover 12 countries (South East Asia group – Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines; South Asia group – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Sri Lanka) i.e. four MFF/SEAFDEC shared countries, two SEAFDEC countries and six MFF countries, exploring the national policy conditions that support gender equality in environment and natural resource management, as well as exploring local realities and norms influencing men’s and women’s engagement in community and local decision making regarding environment and natural resource management. This study was designed to conduct a broad gender analysis of the area, looking into the existing gender issues and structures, livelihoods, and opportunities for improvement mechanisms, and women’s involvement in the existing governance of natural resources in Keti Bundar and Kharo Chan, in District Thatta in Sindh, including gender specific roles related to the fisheries sector. The output will be a detailed report with gender disaggregated information on the roles of men and women in livelihoods, gender gaps, and potential opportunities for mainstreaming the role of women in natural resource management planning.