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Issue No:41
  • :0973-1156
  • :November
  • :2012

This issue of Yemaya includes articles on women fish processors in Senegal, conditions of fishing communities post civil war and after tsunami in Sri Lanka, women participating in decision-making process in Philippines and how women are turning to farm feed production as livelihood options in India. The edit focuses on the gender issues within the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

Q & A

Following the Fisherwomens’ Convention on Livelihood Rights, organized by Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) in July 2012, Mustafa Gurgaze (mustafagurgaze@pff.org.pk) of PFF, spoke to the PFF Senior Vice Chairperson, Tahira Ali Shah


Why was the Convention on Livelihood Rights organized and what did it achieve?

The meeting was organized to focus on the basic human rights of fisherfolk and the specific rights of Pakistan’s fisherwomen who have been in the forefront of the struggle for the collective rights of fisherfolk in the State. It provided a refreshing break for fisherwomen and an opportunity to meet each other and to learn about their rights.  

What is the role of women, particularly fisherwomen, in Pakistan?

Fisherwomen have always worked side-by-side with fishermen. They sometimes even go fishing alone and sell the catch in the markets. Fisherwomen want to participate in all walks of life and to make their own identity. But there is religious extremism in our society, which started under General Zia’s regime and continues to impact some of our laws and practices—the rape law and karo kari (honour killing), for example—depriving women of their basic rights. In the tribal areas, women are treated as second-class citizens. Recently, the government has...

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