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Workshop report


Workshop report

The five day Workshop on Gender Awareness and Issues in Artisanal Fisheries, organized for Fisheries personnel and extension agents at the Management Development Institute (MDI), was conducted in collaboration with IDAF/FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The Workshop participants were drawn from the Departments of Fisheries and Community Development, and Tango (The Association of Non-Governmental Organisations), with women constituting 45°/0.

The Opening Ceremony was attended by the F.A.O Representative in The Gambia, Mrs Florence Chenoweth, who in her remarks recognized the important role the Department of Fisheries is playing in addressing the roles of women in the fisheries sector and FAO's commitment to the empowerment of women in this sector.

The IDAF Programme Co-ordinator, and a Resource Person in the Workshop, Mr. B.P. Satia in his remark, asserted that changes in the understanding of Women-In-Development is affecting the policy approach for women He underscored the most significant changes and theoretical perspective of women's triple roles in production, reproduction and community managing work. He also stressed IDAF's interest in downstream activities of the Artisanal Fisheries Sector and Community Development activities in the fisheries sector.

The Director of Fisheries in his opening remarks stressed among other things that national governments adopt and implement policies to attain the total emancipation of African women.

Guest Lecturers were drawn from IDAF, namely Dr. Ben P. Satia, and Mr. Alhaji Jallow, who looked at the role of IDAF in strengthening the fisheries sector and gender sensitive measures in the fisheries sector respectively.

Mr. Ousman Drammeh, Director of Fisheries and Mr Momodou Njie, respectively spoke on current gender sensitive vision in the fisheries sector and gender issues in fisheries sector and effective participation.

Mr. Mamanding Kuyateh, Director of Community Development, dwelt on community participation, Dr. Ogun and Dr. Sasi NDure (from MDI) the Managerial Roles and Responsibilities and leadership respectively. A gender specialist of the MDI, who co-ordinated the workshop, spoke on gender issues in development strategies.

REGISTRATION

A registration form was issued to each of the participants to fill at the beginning of the 5 day Gender Awareness Sensitization Workshop. On this form they recorded their academic background, present position, duties, understanding of the workshop theme, and expectations from the workshop.

18 participants attended, 15 from the Fisheries Department (including I fish smoker from the Gunjur Fisheries Centre) and 3 from the Department of Community Development.

All the participants are secondary school graduates with work experience and some on the job or higher specialized training.

They realised their role as development agents and expected to gain additional knowledge and skills that would facilitate their task of mobilizing and organizing the fishing communities on gender awareness issues.

END OF WORKSHOP EVALUATION

Being the first time such a workshop was held at the Institute, it was felt necessary to invite comments that will improve the succeeding workshops. The following comments were received.

Expectations

Length of Workshop

Workshop goals and objectives

Awareness of gender issues

Subject area coverage

4 of them mentioned statistics as a useful subject that should have been covered, and I mentioned sociology because of their work with communities.

General Comments

The coordination of the workshop and the presentation of the resource persons were appreciated by the participants. They expressed a desire to have such programmes regularly and community based ones that can be supported by donors and national authorities

Methodology

The workshop was organized in the form of paper presentations, discussions, group work, and plenary sessions. It was concluded with certificate presentation to the participants.

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

NO.

NAME

TITLE

DEPT.

1

Babanding Kanyi

Fisheries Field Assistant

Fisheries

2.

Nurudeen Gillen

Fisheries Field Assistant

Fisheries

3.

Aishatou L. Badjan

Fisheries Field Assistant

Fisheries

4.

Fatou Corr

Fisheries Field Assistant

Fisheries

5.

Suntukung Sawo

Fisheries Trainee Assistant

Fisheries

6.

Bintou Kolley

Fisheries Field Assistant

Fisheries

7.

Yusupha Jassey

Principal Fisheries Assistant

Fisheries

8.

Salifu Bojang

Principal Fisheries Assistant

Fisheries

9.

Janko A. Sisay

Fisheries Field Assistant

Fisheries

10.

Bintou Jarju

Fish Smoker Gunjur

Fisheries Project

11.

Ellen Njie

Trainee fisheries Assistant

Fisheries

12.

Ramatoulie K. Mbye

Trainee Fisheries Assistant

Bakau Fisheries

13.

Almami Drammeh

Prin. Fisheries Assistant

Fisheries

14.

Mustapha Touray

Prin. Fisheries Assistant

Fisheries

15.

Janko Bojang

Prin. Fisheries Assistant

Fisheries

16.

Mansata Sanneh

Community Devt. Asst.

Comm. Devt.

17.

Fatou Sanneh-Jobarteh

Home Craft Asst.

Comm. Devt.

18.

Rohey Faal

Community Devt. Asst.

Comm. Devt.

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