Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

Towards gender-equitable small-scale fisheries - Proceedings

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30/11/2016

Abstract

Following the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) by the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in June 2014, several capacity-development workshops and consultations were organized by various actors in different parts of the world towards their implementation. During this period, and in keeping with the gender equality principle and articles in the SSF Guidelines, a need was felt to have guidance on how to practically mainstream gender in the implementation of the SSF Guidelines.

The “Expert workshop on gender-equitable small-scale fisheries in the context of the implementation of the SSF Guidelines” was held as one of the steps in the development of a guidance document to promote gender-equitable small-scale fisheries in the implementation of the SSF Guidelines. The workshop was organized by the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department with support from the Gender Team of the Economic and Social Development Department as well as from the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF). It was attended by 31 external participants representing governments, regional and international organizations, fishworker organizations, civil society organizations, Non-governmental Organizations, academia and other relevant actors. FAO SSF Task Force members and other FAO staff also participated in the workshop.

The workshop discussed gender issues in the SSF Guidelines, and reviewed a draft gender guidance document (hereafter the draft “Gender Manual”) that had been shared earlier with participants. General and specific suggestions were made in terms of how to improve this draft Gender Manual and increase its relevance and usability for the target audience, namely policy-makers and civil society organizations. While the outcomes of the workshop focused on informing the finalization of the Manual, there were also discussions on how FAO and other actors could utilize the Gender Manual in the future.

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