“One in every two seafood workers is a woman, yet women are over-represented in lowest paid and lowest valued positions, and very few at leadership positions… Women are essential contributors to this important food industry, but they remain invisible, including to policy makers. There is a need to increase awareness about their role in this industry and to recognize the value they bring.”
This is because what is not visible doesn’t exist that in March 2017 MATIS in cooperation with WSI launched a video competition inviting men and women to tell us the story of women in the Seafood industry, to bring attention to gaps and challenges experienced by Women in Seafood, to cast light on positive initiatives. 12 video from 4 continents have been received by the jury and they are all to be seen here www.womeninseafood.com/videos.
We present 3 of them, among which the winning one from Mexico.
The creator of the winning video of the Women in Seafood Video Competition is Carmen Pedroza-Gutiérrez with her very powerful video The Women of Petatán. Carmen has received from MATIS an invitation to attend the World Seafood Congress 2017 in Iceland.
The second video is “Aportes de las mujeres en las pesquerías del pequena escala” brought to us by a Solidar-ICSF project and realised by David Barrientos. It stresses the lack of visibility of women seafood workers in coastal communities in Costa Rica and thus the lack of social, economic and legal recognition of their contribution to the communities and the industry.
This third best video “Women on board” is realized by Maria Caldeiro director of Fundamar with the support of the Organización de Productores de Buques Congeladores de Merlúcidos, Cefalópodos y Especies Varias OPCC3. This project studied the possibilities for women integration in long distant fishing, a so-far male dominated job.