As a program of a US-based foundation with staff shared between the US and the Somali region, Secure Fisheries acknowledges the history of US imperialism and Western colonization in the Somali region. We are aware of the power imbalances between our staff and the beneficiaries of our work. We seek to ensure that our work will support decolonization rather than perpetuate colonial power structures and relationships. Our work is led by local community members and government stakeholders, and Secure Fisheries provides external support to further the goals and address the needs of our Somali partners. Decolonization is a process and we seek to learn more about how our actions can be modified to support decolonization.
Equity and Inclusion
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.