Women are an important agent of SSF /aquaculture where they accomplish different tasks from pre-harvesting operation to first sale and administration. However, women involvement in fisheries is poorly documented in statistics as their contribution is most often not recognized economically and administratively. Due to the lack of recognition of their role and because of gender related inequality and inequity that prevail in society, their needs are far from being addressed and are insufficiently studied. The cluster ‘Women and Gender’ aims at filling this knowledge gap and addressing the issue at the policy level.
In accord with the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines), the Women and Gender cluster plans to contribute to the implementation process of the SSF Guidelines by collecting examples from around the world about women equity and equality in SSF, identifying barriers, challenges and opportunities in such a way to highlight the approaches that can be used to implement gender equity and equality. Specifically, the cluster objectives are to:
- document the status of women and gender issues in SSF in different contexts
- encourage women and gender research and international publications
- build on the SSF Guidelines to develop a policy agenda dedicated to women and gender