Celebrating Woman’s Day with Women and their Leadership Role in the Fishing Organizations

FAO has published a report analyzing its research on women’s participation and leadership in fisher organizations and collective action in fisheries.

The growing recognition of the multiplicity of roles that women play, and their contributions to the fishing sector, are in stark contrast to the low presence of women in fisheries organizations around the world, and the lack of access to women’s fishing positions. decisions in many organizations related to fishing. FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) has published a report summarizing the analysis of the global literature collected over several decades on women in fisheries organizations.

The objective was to identify “positive examples and lessons learned” finding the main drivers that play an important role in promoting the participation and leadership of women in the fishing sector.

The key factors identified for the collective participation of women have been national institutions, civil society organizations and social movements, development and conservation projects, and academic institutions, among others.

The scarcity of resources and the need to occupy management positions, modernization, allocation of fishing rights, economic changes, family welfare and women’s rights are the main drivers identified by the authors as the catalysts of the participation of women in collective action.

Some of the barriers that women face to gain equal access have also been identified. The lack of quantification of the contribution of women is one of the most common reasons.

So many researchers putting their attention on this topic in the last decades reflects the pretended advance for a better understanding of how collective action can reduce the inequality of power between men and women, although there is still a long way to go in this sector.

Woman in the Fishing Industry

As a curiosity, this report also explains the case of fishing in Galicia since the Civil War, how it increased fish consumption during the Franco era and the creation of the “Mariscador card”.


Source: Sector Maritimo