The empowerment of women and other marginalized groups in the fisheries sector promotes resource sustainability, economic growth, and food security. We incorporate a gender perspective throughout our projects, research, and monitoring and evaluation framework by examining the different roles of men and women in the areas in which we work and ensuring that both women and men benefit from our efforts. Our guide to gender mainstreaming outlines our approach to incorporating gender perspectives into fisheries management.
Fisheries Co-management in the Horn of Africa
Secure Fisheries works in underserved coastal fishing communities to support sustainable, equitable, and effective fisheries co-management. This involves coordination with government stakeholders and local fishing communities to build knowledge, collaboration, and capacity. Within each community, our activities are informed by diverse perspectives, and we are committed to ensuring that our work increases social equity.
In 2019, Secure Fisheries hosted fishing skills trainings, based on community requests, in which 43 percent of participants were women, including majority-women trainings in net-making and hygiene-focused fish handling.
In 2020, Secure Fisheries will conduct two community-based gender analyses as part of a wider socioeconomic assessment. The assessment will include household surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups with local fishing cooperatives, women’s associations, and youth organizations.
Secure Fisheries is supporting the next generation of fisheries managers through Project Kalluun. We are partnering with Somali universities to improve fish catch data collection at landing sites. The project has trained 23 Somali students to date, and four students involved in the Project Kalluun pilot in Mogadishu were awarded graduate scholarships to study marine science and related topics. Few female students study marine sciences, but Project Kalluun has trained five women across these universities. The pilot project was led by a female student from City University of Mogadishu who presented their findings at the Somalia Fisheries Forum 2019.
Research and Publications
Women’s roles in the fisheries sector are frequently overlooked. Secure Fisheries highlights the important work that women contribute to the sector and incorporates women’s perspectives into our publications. In our research, Secure Fisheries collects sex-disaggregated data. For example, in our fisheries conflict database—a database analyzing event-level conflict data across six countries—we track the sex of conflict actors and examine whether gender identity is a motivating factor for conflict. In Somalia, only 2 percent of fisheries conflict incidents involve a female actor, compared to 12 percent in Tanzania. While few women are directly involved in fisheries conflicts, they are indirectly affected by the food and financial scarcity their families face as husbands, brothers, and sons are imprisoned, abducted, or murdered in these conflict events. Conversely, women are critical to supporting community resilience. For example, women’s associations and savings groups have helped communities rebound from natural disasters.
Read more of our publications and blogs in which gender is a central focus.