27 Nov 2018 - Globally, only 15% of women are directly engaged in fisheries. In most countries, women face cultural biases that exclude them from actual fishing activities, and are mostly involved in processing the fish. This makes them dependent on fishermen and middlemen, exposing them to exploitation and unfair market competition and access to fishing resources.
Investing in fisheries activities targeting women and youth can result in better resource management, creation of equal opportunities to decent work, improved livelihood and diet including reduction of poverty at household level.
The impact of climate change on the water bodies exacerbates levels of poverty as time spent in search of water accounts for billions in lost economic opportunities. With many rivers drying up, women are most affected, as in the majority of households they are often responsible for collecting water, walking for several hours, which increases the care work burden and reduces productivity. Preservation and restoration of water towers is critical in ensuring sustainability of rivers and other water bodies.
Women’s contribution to the
#BlueEconomy is often overlooked and undervalued. While women form about 50% of the global population, only about 1% are in the seafaring industry. To promote equitable economic growth, responsible production and consumption, social inclusion and the preservation or improvement of livelihoods - while at the same time ensuring environmental sustainability of water bodies - investing in activities targeting women and youth can result in better resource management and reduction of poverty at household level.
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