Despite the fact that Myanmar is one of the world’s top 10 fish-producing nations, women are often afforded less access to productive assets and training than their male counterparts. Increasingly, government and development agencies are taking action to close this gender gap as part of efforts to support and drive growth in the sector.
In Bangladesh, fishing has long been seen as ‘men’s work’. It’s a social perception that ignores the vital contribution of women to fisheries—30 percent of women in rural and coastal areas are directly or indirectly engaged in small-scale fisheries—and whose increased involvement in fisheries management could lead to increased household well-being.
March 8 is International Women’s Day and a key moment to celebrate the achievements of women across social, economic, cultural and political arenas. Progress to gender parity, the theme of this year’s event, is slow and so urgent action is needed. In the lead up to the day, WorldFish staff from Bangladesh, Egypt, Solomon Islands, Zambia, Cambodia, Philippines and Penang pledge how they will help achieve gender equality in 2016 and beyond.