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Insight: Turning the tide: Empowering women to protect our oceans, future

  • Susi Pudjiastuti

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 13 2019   /  12:46 am

Billions of people around the world depend on the fresh food and livelihoods provided by healthy oceans. In fisheries, one in two seafood workers is a woman. Yet, women are largely concentrated in low-skilled, low-paid, seasonal jobs without health, safety and workers’ rights protections. For the same work in aquaculture, women earn only around 64 percent of men’s wages, despite facing the same risks of ocean degradation and with less resources to build resilience.In many parts of the world, women’s contributions, both toward ocean-based livelihoods and conservation efforts, have been largely invisible.In Indonesia, it’s fair to say that the work of women represents half the catch in the fisheries sector, currently valued at over US$18 billion annually. Yet, growing up, we know the people who bring us our fish as “fishermen”. The image in many of our heads is of men hauling i...