African women join forces to overcome COVID-19 challenges in aquatic food systems

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Masked fish trading in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo supplied by Patricia Maisha.

Across Africa, women working in aquatic food value chains are banding together to support their livelihoods and ensure the continued flow of fish despite COVID-19 lockdowns and disruptions.

African women make up at least 60 percent of those handling fish … Read the rest

Savings groups support women’s financial independence during COVID-19 in Bangladesh

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Taslima Begum sews dresses with a sewing machine provided through a WorldFish research for development effort to boost the financial independence of women during COVID-19. Photo by Tasnuva Zaman.

Already suffering from climate disasters and persistent floods, Bangladesh’s coastal communities were sorely impacted by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Lockdown restrictions halted fishing activities, which are the main source of income, nutrition, and livelihoods in many rural areas.… Read the rest

Gender assumptions harm progress on climate adaption and resilience, new study finds

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New research suggests breaking down stereotypes and prejudices about gender is necessary to create environments to enable all people to exercise their agency to cope, change and adapt to climate change. Photo by Kate Bevitt.

Outdated assumptions around gender continue to hinder effective and fair policymaking and action for climate mitigation and adaptation, a new study published in Nature Climate Change has found.  

Gender—alongside other identities like race, class and age—has a powerful influence on Read the rest