The lack of recognition of women’s contributions to the sector’s economyand to food security undervalues the economic and social benefits they provide. It also marginalizes women in the implementation of sectoral policies and increases their vulnerability, especially in small- scale capture fisheries which are already marginalized within the fishing industry. The inclusion of women’s roles and contributions in research and practice in the sector is therefore essential to addressing inequality.
This report examines the gender dynamics of fishing communities around the world and identifies opportunities where engaging women can improve conservation and management efforts. Based on surveys of 11 different sites, the report creates two regional profiles and outlines potential pilot projects for addressing fishery conservation problems from a gender perspective.