Women play a significant role in fisheries, yet lack of attention to gender roles and relations can result in policies or programmes failing to improve livelihoods or reduce vulnerability of fishing communities. The largely ‘invisible’ role of women in small-scale fisheries must be addressed if actions aimed at improving the livelihoods of small-scale fishers and their families are to be successful.
As part of its efforts to promote gender equity to improve fisheries livelihoods, the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP) has developed a field handbook that gives guidance on taking gender into account in all phases of small-scale fisheries development projects.
The handbook provides:
An overview of the rationale, concepts and approaches concerning mainstreaming gender equality in development cooperation;
An overview of the role of women in the fisheries sector, the problems they face and possible empowerment opportunities;
Tools for gender analysis in fisheries development projects and guidance on how to integrate gender aspects at various stages in the project cycle.