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Promoting Gender Equality in Sustainable Fisheries Management and Development in Fiji
by Women in Fisheries Network –Fiji (WiFN-Fiji) (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to afford equal opportunity in training and other forms of capacity building to improve or acquire new skills for women in the fisheries sector. This commitment also seeks to recognize the full contribution of women to the fisheries sector and better involve women in the decision-making on the protection, use and management of fisheries resources.

Women play a large role in the fisheries sector contributing to food security and local livelihoods, and are critical to achieving sustainable fisheries management and development in Fiji. In addition to being fishers, women are involved in freshwater and marine aquaculture, and are playing important roles as middle sellers, processors, market sellers, researchers, and in small and medium enterprises including post-harvest value adding. Most data collected is not gender disaggregated and therefore the role of women is not quantified and not readily available to policy and decision-makers.

The inclusion of gender, and in particular women, should not be done in a piece meal way, or on a project by project basis. Instead, Fijis National Gender Policy emphasises that gender must be mainstreamed into all sectors, including fisheries. This requires concerted efforts and collaboration and partnerships with various agencies and partners, and due consideration given to national, regional and international policies, agreements and commitments. Whilst gender mainstreaming has already begun within various levels of ministries, challenges remain in terms of the allocation of adequate resources (funding, human) towards women in the fisheries sector.

Through a network of partners (i.e. women fishers, research and development agencies, technical experts, government agencies, scientists etc.), the WiFN-Fiji is working towards: (i) improving the sustainable use of fisheries resources; (ii) strengthening efforts towards the economic empowerment of women through the development of new business opportunities for women in fisheries; and (iii) strengthening the WiFN-Fiji to improve support and services to fisherwomen, such as capacity development, sustainable fishing practices, research and development including data collection, management and access initiatives.

At the same time the WiFN-Fiji is developing its in-house capacity to function as a network, and better support its members and women engaged in the fisheries sector.
Progress reports
December 2020
1) By 2020, WiFN-Fiji and partners will promote and encourage gender-sensitive data collecting, encourage research, and ensure information on women in fisheries is readily available to effectively inform policies and programs on sustainable fisheries and development.
December 2020
2) By 2020, and in line with the proposed Fiji National Fisheries Policy, WiFN-Fiji willimplement effective strategies and programs to support awareness-raising, training and other forms of capacity building, and support services for women in the fisheries sector.
Staff / Technical expertise
Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network (US$30,000)
Staff / Technical expertise
WiFN-Fiji: Is working towards securing funds from the Australian Government through Pacific Women (US$95,000)
Staff / Technical expertise
Wildlife Conservation Socie(US $120,000)ty
Staff / Technical expertise
Wildlife Conservation Society (US $120,000)
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2017 - December 2030
Government: Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. NGOs: Fiji Locally Managed Marine Areas (FLMMA) Network, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), University of the South Pacific (USP). Regional Organisations: Pacific Community (SPC)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
fisherwomen, fishermen, local communities, local government, provincial staff, private sector, general public
Contact information
Sangeeta Mangubhai, Dr., smangubhai@wcs.org,
Suva, Fiji
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