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Issue No:42
  • :0973-1156
  • :March
  • :2013
  • :English

Behind each boat there is a woman, a family and a community—this apt motto
of AKTEA, the European Network of Women’s Organizations in Fisheries and Aquaculture, a network promoting the role of women in European fisheries, was quoted by Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2013, to draw attention to how supporting women in fisheries means providing support to both families and communities.

Report / SSF

Beyond lip service

Civil society organizations across continents are working to ensure that the SSF Guidelines, comprehensively address the issues of the sector

By Chandrika Sharma (, Executive Secretary, ICSF

Will the International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines), currently being developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), move beyond paying lip service to gender issues in fisheries? Will they ensure that clear direction is provided on how gender issues, and, particularly, how the interests of women, can be addressed systematically in all aspects of fisheries? These are some of the issues being raised by civil society organizations (CSOs) even as the Technical Consultation to negotiate the final text of the SSF Guidelines comes up shortly, from 20 to 24 May 2013.

CSOs have fully supported the decision to develop the Guidelines, and have engaged closely and constructively with the process so far. They have organized 20 national-level workshops spanning Asia, Africa and Latin America, and two regional workshops in Africa, as well as c