TAILIEUCHUNG - Gender and fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin

BackGround Balanced, equitable and sustainable development of the fisheries sector must take all social groups into account. However, the role of women in the sector has, for a long time, gone unrecognised and their voice is heard rarely among managers, policy makers and The lack of recognition and representation is not only unfair, but it also leads to an incomplete understanding of how the sector as a whole operates and functions. recent studies show that women are an integral and important part of the fisheries’ workforce, and the contribution they make is significant — indeed their involvement in. | THE TECHNICAL ADVISORY BODY FOR FISHERIES MANAGEMENT TAB Gender and fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin Mekong Fisheries Management Recommendation No 4 June 2006 Working towards Effective Sustainable and Regional Fisheries Management in the Lower Mekong Basin Gender and fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin BACKGROUND Balanced equitable and sustainable development of the fisheries sector must take all social groups into account. However the role of women in the sector has for a long time gone unrecognised and their voice is heard rarely among managers policy makers and The lack of recognition and representation is not only unfair but it also leads to an incomplete understanding of how the sector as a whole operates and functions. Recent studies show that women are an integral and important part of the fisheries workforce and the contribution they make is significant indeed their involvement in some activities is greater than that of Therefore plans to develop fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin must take the role of women into account fully and should not undervalue the parts of the sector in which their work predominates. Formulating the measures necessary to redress this imbalance requires knowledge about why issues relating to gender are neglected why gender issues are important and the role and position of women not only in local fishing communities but also in fisheries management and in national fisheries line agencies. In 2005 the Technical Advisory Body for Fisheries Management TAB recognising the need for this type of information commissioned a study of gender and fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin. Representatives from the Network for the Promotion of Gender in Fisheries Development in the Lower Mekong Basin NGF 3 undertook the study. It involved a review of literature collection of field data and workshops and meetings. This TAB Management Recommendation is a précis of their WHY HAVE GENDER ISSUES BEEN NEGLECTED IN THE PAST

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