SDG 14 will not be attained if 50% of the population it affects is not taken into consideration

SDG 5 the United Nations goal that encompasses gender equality and women’s empowerment is far from being met in the fisheries environment has been so far dramatically overlooked by private and public stakeholders. The focus of the fisheries expert communities is on Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below Water – .

This complex subject and its ability to contribute to sustainability and be affected by it, are largely misunderstood. Thus in preparation to the FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability (Nov 2019) we wish to share with you the key elements of the role of gender equality in a “sustainable blue economy”. As you know, one in two seafood workers is a woman and therefore the Symposium will need to address the essential issues of

Marine Resource Mismanagement

Gender Inequality in fisheries and aquaculture

In view of these points, the social dimension of the fisheries industry is very far from reaching SDG 5.

What is needed first and foremost is an awareness that SDG 14 will not be attained if 50% of the population it affects is not taken into consideration. Gender must be embedded in all elements and targets of SDG 14, Laura Liswood Secretary-General, Council of Women World Leaders.

What can FAO do to help gender equality in fisheries and aquaculture? We suggest that FAO and its member countries take three key actions:

Beside the FAO, every one of us can play a part in making sustainable fisheries inclusive of SDG5. If you want to participate to this movement, please contact us.

Marie Christine Monfort, President, Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI) womeninseafood@wsi-asso.org

Dr Meryl J Williams, PhD FTSE (Australia): meryljwilliams@gmail.com

Natalia Briceno-Lagos, Project manager WSI: natalia@wsi-asso.org