With such great films, the selection was not easy. The jury has finally chosen four winners with two films neck to neck for the third position. Congratulations to all of them.
This video brought out the most clearly how women play important but undervalued roles in the fishing industry, and are affected by health hazards in these roles – as well as being affected by the decline in the industry. This was a very clear message delivered by an authentic voice of a woman doing her work. She was able to make really complex and important points very effectively by just talking about her life, her work and her understanding of the situation.
This video, narrated by a selection of women’s voices, brings to life the underlying values and motivating principles behind a women’s co-operative. Women’s coops are covered by a few other films, but this one stood out as it clearly expressed the need for a better understanding of the environment and ecological sustainability, based on a commitment to the future of both their community and the local environment.
This video addresses the question of challenging male-dominated stereotypes and the need to encourage women to participate in fishing. Challenging male stereotypes is covered by several of the films, but what made this one stand out was how it was able to also link to the importance of proactively encouraging women to take on fishing roles, so it is not just a few individual women, but becomes seen as normal for women to share in these roles. A great exampleof empowering young women to get on the water and to join commercial fisheries.
See how Ratna and other fishing families are so proactive in expanding their business via grants and setting up the Fish Nutri Carts! Very inspiring where women with imagination, and courage are paving new ways to mitigate their financial troubles.
The “women in the seafood industry” project was developed by the International Organisation for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI), with the support of AFD French Development Agency and Matis Icelandic R&D company. It has received 15 short stories from Ireland, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Spain and USA including Alaska. They are available here: https://womeninseafood.com/videos-2018/
The short films (<4mn) document lives of women in several segment of the seafood industry (fishing, fishfarming, processing, retailing, marketing). The selection is primarily based on the clarity of the description of women’s lives in the seafood world.
Members of the international jury come from all continents.
Dr Fenella Porter, one of the member of the jury shares her thought: “The competition is an excellent way to communicate about the real issues that are faced by women in the seafood industry, without getting too buried in theoretical text. It is effective and informative, and an enjoyable way to get this kind of insight. The voices of these women are authentic and clear, and must be heard.”
In addition to receiving a monetary prize (1,000 euros or 500 euros), the four winning videos will be shown internationally:
The contest will be reconducted in 2019.