As part of SFMP’s effort to increase women participation in fisheries co-management decision-making process, and also improve their livelihood and well-being, capacity of women within the fisheries sector are being built to take leadership roles and be much involved in the fisheries management decision making process.
In view of this Hen Mpoano organised a two-day Fisheries Policy Advocacy Training Workshop was organized to train and build the capacity of women on how to advocate on Fisheries issues and also get to learn some relevant portion of the Fisheries Act especially those relating to illegal fishing methods and reporting.
- Build the skills of women to advocate against illegal fishing practices and help sustain the fisheries sector in an effective way
- Encourage participation of women in fisheries decision and policy making process
- Educate women leaders in relevant portion of the fisheries policy especially those relating to illegal fishing methods and reporting
First year Masters student, Hannah Russell, has been awarded the highly competitive Boeing Fellowship to support her fieldwork in Ghana this coming fall. Russell will be working with Hen Mpoano to study food security amongst fish consumers in Takoradi, Ghana in conjunction with their ongoing Sustainable Fisheries Management Program, funded by USAID. Her fieldwork will span three months and primarily involve performing interviews to gather data on the demographics of the consumers of small pelagic fish caught by the artisanal canoe fishery. Read more
Enhancing women’s participation in decision-making in artisanal fisheries in the Anlo Beach fishing community, Ghana
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 marginalized groups to effectively participate in decision making processes. By opening space for leadership to emerge from marginalized 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. Read More