Recognizing the considerable role women play in small-scale fisheries RFLP mainstreamed gender into all of its activities across all countries. Sixty five percent of the livelihoods pilots supported by RFLP were with women. Key results included the Sri Lankan government revising national legislation so that women can participate in fisheries planning and a rapid increase in the number of women joining Fisheries Associations in Viet Nam.
Women played the dominant role in the key RFLP thematic areas related to post-harvest, livelihoods and micro-finance improvements. It is therefore vital that any actions in these areas fully recognize the vital role women play, with gender an integral element of development actions relating to small-scale fishing communities and not an afterthought.