Over the past three decades, the global aquaculture industry has risen from obscurity to become a critical source of food for millions of people, mostly through export. This boom has led scholars to question whether aquaculture contributes to the food security of poorer people in producing countries.
In 2018, people around the globe are rallying around the International Women’s Day themes of ‘Pressing for Progress’ and ‘The time is now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’. But what do these calls mean for and in fisheries and aquaculture?
More than 1.4 million women are engaged in Bangladesh’s aquaculture sector. Yet they work mostly in low-status, low-paid and arduous jobs. For instance, 80 percent of casual laborers in shrimp-processing factories are women. In contrast, women make up less than 1 percent of managers in these factories.