12 - 13 September Cote D’ivoire, Abidjan
Fishery and aquaculture products remain a important source of food, nutrition, income and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people in Africa. Recent statistics reveal that women make up more than onefourth (27 %) of the workforce in the African fisheries and aquaculture sector. The great majority of these women are employed in post-harvest (91.5 %) making significant contribution to food security, livelihoods and household incomes. However, although gender has been on the international development agenda for a long time, many inequalities remain and the role of women in fishery and aquaculture is often not given the attention it deserves. Women remain marginalized within sector, both in terms of their fishingrelated activities and their role in decision-making processes.
The African Union has developed a Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS) and identified policy arenas on strengthening role of women in fisheries and aquaculture. This is to guarantee and sustainably strengthen the contribution of artisanal fisheries to poverty alleviation, food and nutritional security and socio-economic benefits of fishing communities specifically the fisherwomen in Africa.
The African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFishNET) was established, facilitated by AU-IBAR, with the objective to contribute to improving the welfare, working conditions and income of women in the fisheries sector (and especially women in the post-harvest sector) within the member states of the African Union.
Some of the key objectives of this network are as follows:
Some of the key recommendations from the Tanzania meeting in 2016 were:
A follow-up meeting of the Bureau was again of the Bureau members were held in Tanzania in 2018 in a bid to operationalize some of the recommendations of the 2016 Tanzania meeting.
The objective of the present meeting would be provide a platform for bureau members and selected experts for sharing and documentation of best practices in fish processing technology and identification of opportunities for enhancing women SMEs in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
Specifically, the objectives would be:
The main outcomes of the two-day meeting would be:
The participants to the meeting shall include AWFISHNET Bureau members, AWFISHENET conference organizing committee, selected experts, facilitators, and AU-IBAR staff.
|Concept Note - Bureau Members Meeting of the African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFISHNET)|
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|Note Conceptuelle - Atelier pour les Membres du Bureau du Réseau des Femmes Africaines engagées dans la Transformation et le Commerce du Poisson (AWFISHNET)|
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