Lessons From Uganda on Strengthening Women’s Voices in Environmental Governance

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Ask Agnes Namukasa about sustainably managing fisheries in Kachanga, the lakeshore landing site she calls home in Uganda’s Masaka District, and you will soon learn about toilets. From her perspective, community members won’t address conflict between government enforcers and fishers, competition among neighboring villages, or pollution threatening aquatic ecosystems until they can first organize to address their most pressing daily needs.

More fish for more Africans

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Fisherman pulling in fishing net from the beach at Anlo Beach village, Ghan. Photo by Anna Fawcus.

Fish is a vital source of food and nutrition security for 400 million Africans. And, fisheries play a critical role in providing livelihoods for more than 12 million people as fishers and processors, of whom 27% are women.