AGENT Gender and Fisheries Webinar: A Sea of Opportunities
DATE: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
TIME: 8 a.m. EST
In developing countries, 2.6 billion people depend on fisheries as a source of protein and income. In many fisheries, the management is either unsustainable or does not optimize productivity, resulting in forgone losses of more than US $80 billion annually. Though women account for 90% of global fisheries processing roles and 15% of the global harvesting workforce—women are often underrepresented in the fisheries management decision forums that are responsible for securing the future of fisheries, and therefore their own futures.
Under the AGENT partnership, the USAID Office of Forestry and Biodiversity, the USAID Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) published a new guide, Gender in Fisheries – A Sea of Opportunities. From understanding the roles women play throughout fisheries, to how gender-based violence (GBV) impacts the sector, the publication examines the evidence for why and how gender equality and women’s economic empowerment can be promoted through fisheries while strengthening sustainable results.
This webinar will provide participants an in-depth look at important findings from the research, spanning the status of gender and wild-caught fisheries, the integrated benefits of a gender-informed approach, GBV as a specific concern in the sector, and new ongoing areas of evidence-finding demonstrating why gender matters for improved wild-caught fisheries management.
Cate Owren, Senior Gender Programme Manager, Global Programme on Governance and Rights, IUCN
Jackie Siles, Senior Gender Programme Manager, Global Programme on Governance and Rights, IUCN
Corinne Hart, Senior Advisor for Gender and Environment, Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID
Heidi Schuttenberg, PhD, Coastal Resources and Biodiversity Advisor, Office of Forestry and Biodiversity, USAID