Women play a vital part in Ghana’s fisheries as business owners and fishmongers, yet have little say against the illegal fishing methods that are damaging their livelihoods. This gender report, co-authored by Hen Mpoano and EJF under the Far Dwuma Nkɔdo project, provides a close look at the gender dynamics of the artisanal fisheries sector and makes recommendations to further empower women. It calls for the strengthening of women’s organisations and the provision of leadership training, to build towards greater gender equity.
A guide to mainstreaming gender for SFMP project partners as they work to mainstream gender into fisheries co-management.
An assessment of the potential impact of planned interventions for men, women, and children engaged in the fisheries sector. The objective of this is to ensure that both men and women are empowered to work effectively in fisheries management. Interventions should aim at meeting varying needs of men, women, boys and girls in all project activities.
Report on assessment to identification and analysis of specific needs of men, women, and children involved in the Ghanaian fisheries sector.
We describe a participatory action research journey with the Anlo Beach fishing community, Ghana, to promote women’s participation in decision-making. It was clear from an early stage that women were absent from formal decision-making platforms, making it difficult for their livelihood and well-being challenges to be addressed. We began our work with a belief that community transformation can be achieved only if all community members, including women, participate actively in development projects. We adopted a gender transformative participatory action research approach. We find that before initiating participatory projects, it is critical to address gendered power asymmetries through capacity development to enable marginalised groups to effectively participate in decision making processes. By opening space for leadership to emerge from marginalised groups, participatory action research can bring about transformative and sustainable outcomes. When their needs are genuinely addressed, community members can champion development activities that transform their communities. Implementing such initiatives, however, requires substantial investment and a fundamental change in the way participatory development initiatives are implemented.
This report summarizes the consultant’s findings and recommendations for integrating FP/RH and other health, nutrition and food
security interventions into the ICFG framework.