Towards Gender-Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries Governance and Development

A Handbook

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This manual aims at providing practical guidance on how to achieve gender-equitable small-scale fisheries in the context of the implementation of the SSF Guidelines. Women play a key role, in particular in post-harvest activities relating to processing, marketing and trade, but their role remains undervalued. Within the broader context of the FAO Blue Growth Initiative, this publication therefore contributes to SP 1 Outcome 101 - Member countries and their development partners make explicit political commitments in the form of policies, investment plans, programmes, legal frameworks and the allocation of necessary resources to eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. The target audience for this manual is twofold: (i) policy makers/public administrations working on small-scale fisheries will be informed about ways to ensure gender-sensitive policies, investments and small-scale fisheries sector support, (ii) CSOs/Fisheries organizations will receive guidance on how to actively support the empowerment of women in small-scale fisheries.



Implementation support and monitoring

While the formulation of the SSF Guidelines has been a milestone in the history of the small-scale fisheries sector, its meaningful and effective implementation remains a formidable challenge. The SSF Guidelines call upon all parties to “implement these Guidelines in accordance with national priorities …” (Para 13.1). The primary responsibility for implementation is given to States, while other stakeholders are also tasked with roles and responsibilities so that the broad objectives of the Guidelines may be achieved. It is essential that women fishers, fishworkers and their representatives intervene early in the implementation process in order to have a voice in charting its direction, goals, methods and outcomes.


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