Gender In Fisheries Team (GIFT)
Activities and Outputs
All outputs are available on request. 

Email GIFT co-leaders:
• Patrick McConney - patrick.mcconney@cavehill.uwi.edu
• Maria Pena - maria.pena@cavehill.uwi.edu

 
2022  
For World Oceans Day 2022, within the context of 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022), a poster and social media communication was used to promote initiatives for collective action in fisheries with an emphasis on the role of women
   

This was also an early activity in the celebration of 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022).
   
International Women’s Day 2022 activities included a regional online discussion forum that focused on social justice as a concern for women in fisheries. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022 was recognized by a poster and social media promotion highlighting the teaching, applied research, consultancy and outreach of the several women in marine science associated with UWI-CERMES
   
Simmons, B. and P. McConney. 2022. Gender and livelihoods in the fisheries value chain of dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) in Barbados. Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. CERMES Technical Report No 106. 42 pp.
   
Romeo, C. and P. McConney. 2022. Gender and livelihoods in the fisheries value chain of blackfish in Barrouallie, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. CERMES Technical Report No 105. 43 pp.
   
2021  
Dr Sandra Grant, a member of GIFT in Belize, continues to be a trailblazer with that country’s annual Women in Fisheries Forums (WIFF). The September 2021 WIFF had the theme of ‘Gender and Leadership’.
   
Pena, M., S. Jattansingh, P. McConney, L. Perch and N. Nembhard. 2021. Training on leadership for women and youth informed by gender analysis and leadership profiling. Developing Organizational Capacity for Ecosystem Stewardship and Livelihoods in Caribbean Small-scale Fisheries (StewardFish) project. Project Report to FAO. 42pp
   
Pena, M., S. Berry, R. Gajnabi, P. McConney, L. Perch, C. Romeo, B. Simmons and L. Soares. 2021. Gender analyses of capacities and gaps in fisherfolk organisation leadership. Developing Organizational Capacity for Ecosystem Stewardship and Livelihoods in Caribbean Small-scale Fisheries (StewardFish) project. Project Report to FAO. 72pp.
   
2020  
Pena, M., S. Berry, R. Gajnabi, L. Perch, C. Romeo, B. Simmons and L. Soares. 2020. Preparation for gender analysis: Report on Gender “Meet & Greet” sessions. Developing Organizational Capacity for Ecosystem Stewardship and Livelihoods in Caribbean Small-scale Fisheries (StewardFish) project. Project Report to FAO. 86pp
   
Under the FAO-GEF-funded project on Developing organisational capacity for ecosystem stewardship and livelihoods in Caribbean small-scale fisheries (StewardFish) a social media campaign was implemented to highlight gender in fisheries.

The Wednesday Woman component of the campaign focused on women seen as leaders in their fisheries livelihoods and in Caribbean fisherfolk organisations.
   
Under the FAO-GEF-funded project on Developing organisational capacity for ecosystem stewardship and livelihoods in Caribbean small-scale fisheries (StewardFish) a social media campaign was implemented to highlight gender in fisheries.

The Friday Fisher component of the campaign focused on men seen as leaders in their fisheries livelihoods and in Caribbean fisherfolk organisations.
   
Perch, L., R. Biharie, C. Chin and D. Maison. 2020. Enhancing the role of women in the shrimp and groundfish fisheries in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname: gender analysis along the fishery value chain sub-regional report. CERMES Project Report to FAO Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries implementation in the North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem. Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies, UWI Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. 71pp
   
COVID-19 and small-scale fisheries in the
Caribbean: Impacts, solutions and adapting to an uncertain future


GIFT represented at a panel discussion hosted by Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GFCI) and Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) as part of the week-long “Small is Bountiful” Virtual Event celebrating the contribution of small-scale fisheries to ocean sustainability and innovation; 8 June 2020
 
   
Impacts of COVID-19 on the Barbados fishing industry

More than COVID-19 itself, the responses of various Caribbean governments and societies to COVID-19 may be having different impacts upon women and men in fishing industries. Women and men in fisheries may also be responding differently. Using the sustainable livelihoods framework, GIFT is collecting information on the impacts of COVID-19 on fisherfolk and the fishing industry in Barbados. Findings to come soon!
   
Published article by CERMES
  •  Pena, M., P. McConney, B. Simmons and N. Selliah. 2020. How has organization benefited women in the Barbados flyingfish fishery? A look from within. Gender, Technology and Development Vol. 24 No.1: 28-47.
  • The paper documents the collective action of women in the Central Fish Processors Association (CFPA) in preparing to make practical interventions for improvements to their working and domestic lives. It is the first research focused on organized women in the Barbados flyingfish fishery, deviating from the typical focus on men in its harvest sector.
   
Case study by CERMES
  • Pena, M., J. Cumberbatch, P. McConney, N. Selliah and B. Simmons. 2020. The Central Fish Processors Association: Collective action by women in the Barbados flyingfish fishery. Pp 23-37 in J. Zelasney, A. Ford, L. Westlund, A. Ward and O. Riego Peñarubia (eds.). Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries: Showcasing applied practices in value chains, post-harvest operations and trade. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 652. Rome, FAO. https://doi.org/10.4060/ca8402en
  • This case study analyses the process of formation of the Central Fish Processors Association (CFPA), its development and the benefits it has provided to its members in terms of their livelihoods and domestic lives, as well as to the flyingfish fishery more generally. Although challenges persist, it illustrates existing and emerging good practices consistent with the principles of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication.
   
Article in ICSF Yemaya publication
  • Pena, M. and P.A. Murray, 2020. Some characteristics of Caribbean women's involvement in the fisheries sector.  Yemaya Supplement No. 60—Turning Points, April 2020, pages 38-41. International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, India.
  • A Q&A on perspectives on Caribbean women’s involvement in the small-scale fisheries sector for a special contribution to the 60th issue of the ICSF Yemaya newsletter.
   
2020 International Women’s Day communication on women in Caribbean fisheries

CERMES continued its celebration of women in Caribbean fisheries. GIFT members and Friends of GIFT capitalised on promoting this year’s theme #EachForEqual by highlighting gender equality and gender mainstreaming in SSF as described in the SSF Guidelines. Download here.
   
Implementing gender aspects within the SSF Guidelines and the protocol to the Caribbean Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP) for securing SSF

This FAO-funded project is implemented by UWI-CERMES and led by GIFT. The project builds on GIFT research. For more information visit the  SSF Gender project page and contact project manager Dr. Lisa Soares at lisa.soares@cavehill.uwi.edu
   
2019  
2019 International Men’s Day communication on men in Caribbean fisheries

CERMES celebrated men in Caribbean fisheries by highlighting their roles in the fisheries value chain via a flyer. Download here.
   
‘Gender in Fisheries session,’ 72nd Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), Dominican Republic, 4-8 November 2019

GIFT co-leaders and a GIFT member organised the fourth consecutive special poster session on “Gender in Fisheries” and highlighted their work on gender in the fisheries value chain through a six-part poster series, Gender in similar occupations in the Barbados fisheries value chain.
   
Launch of research magazine, ‘Faces of Women Fisherfolk in Barbados,’  UWI Cave Hill Campus, October 2019

GIFT member, Debra Joseph, led case study research on the flyingfish fishery, documenting  12 women’s involvement in this fishery. The product was a lovely magazine highlighting these women’s stories. Catch the launch highlights here and visit the Women Fisherfolk Barbados YouTube Channel for videos of these women engaged in the Barbados fishing industry.
   
Training Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming, UWI-CERMES, July 2019 

CERMES hosted this three-day workshop to build capacity of GIFT, Friends of GIFT and others utilizing gender approaches and tools to understand how gender influences (or can influence) access to resources, resource use and sustainability.
   
Women in Fisheries (WIF) 2019 Forum, Barbados, 8 March 2019

The Forum celebrated International Women’s Day in association with the implementation of the Small-scale Fisheries (SSF) Guidelines.
Click here to download [1.73MB]
   
2018  
Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) Biennial Conference – Global Feminisms and the Anti-Colonial Project, UWI Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, 21-23 November 2018
  • GIFT participated in a roundtable discussion of gender in fisheries. GIFT members from academia and the fishing industry who are involved in fisheries research, development and livelihoods shared information on the work conducted within the last three years.
   


‘Gender in Fisheries session’,71st Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), San Andrés Island, Colombia, 5-9 November 2018
  • GIFT co-leaders and a GIFT member organised this third special poster session.
  • GIFT research on sharing stories of women’s fisheries livelihoods to document and mainstream gender in Caribbean fisheries was highlighted through a poster presentation, Women at work in the Barbados fishing industry: fortunes of a female forklift driver.
  • The ‘Gender in Fisheries’ session was enriched by a 3-hour programme, Fishing Her, comprising panel discussions with Colombian fisherwomen on fishing knowledge of the sea and their memories of fishing; and audiovisual presentations documenting fishing activities of Raizal women.
  • A 2019 wall calendar was distributed to raise awareness of the Fishing Her research. 
3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (3WSFC), 22-26 October, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • GIFT members presented on Caribbean perspectives of gender in small-scale fisheries, fisher learning exchanges, understanding working women’s issues in a fisherfolk organization in Barbados, and gender transformative approaches to development in coastal and fishing communities.
  • Margaret Harding (small-scale processor), proudly and ably represented the only postharvest fisheries association in Barbados – the Central Fish Processors Association (CFPA) – the subject of GIFT research in Barbados.
   


7th Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF-7) conference, 18-21 October in Bangkok, Thailand
  • GIFT presence was quite strong through six presentations (oral and poster). We had our own Caribbean corner highlighting current GIFT research into gender in Caribbean fisheries and specifically women in the Barbados fishing industry.
  • Margaret Harding, Central Fish Processors Association (CFPA),  was one of only a few fisherfolk attending the conference, and as such was a point of interest for many researchers in attendance.
  • The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, was a partner of GAF-7.
   
Draft Protocol to the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP) on the SSF Guidelines that highlights gender
  • Gender is missing from CCCFP and requires a regionally applicable protocol
  • Led by Sanya Compton, Research Assistant, as a participatory process
  • *Update* - completed in May 2018.
   
2018 International Women's Day communication on women in fisheries
 
  • The CNFO published an online story of Joanna Edmond, a young Dominican fisherwoman, which is available here
  • CERMES promoted women in Caribbean fisheries via a flyer. Download here [255KB]
   
Articles in the ICSF publications Yemaya and Samudra , January 2018
   
2017  
‘Gender in Fisheries’ session, 70th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), Merida Mexico, November 2017 
  • Featuring leading fisheries ladies from Mexico
  • Launch of a Mexican leading ladies 2018 calendar in a special ceremony
  • Oral and poster presentations by GIFT members and others
   
Developmental Research with the Central Fish Processors Association (CFPA)
  • Action research in Barbados with the Central Fish Processors Association will determine problems and concerns, and what practical solutions the female members envision to enhance their fisheries livelihoods and domestic life using the three linked research frameworks of GIFT.
  • This research is ongoing and has contributed to poster and oral presentations at conferences – GCFI, GAF-7 and 3WSFC) in 2017 and 2018.
  • The CFPA has been the subject of journal articles published in 2020.
   
Caribbean women small-scale fisheries learning exchange with Costa Rica, July 2017

Caribbean fisherwomen journeyed to Costa Rica for a fisheries learning exchange focused on knowledge, culture, livelihoods and empowerment through organisation. The report of their exchange is available as CTR #89 hereCaribbean women small-scale fisheries learning exchange with Costa Rica, July 2017

Caribbean fisherwomen journeyed to Costa Rica for a fisheries learning exchange focused on knowledge, culture, livelihoods and empowerment through organisation. The report of their exchange is available as CTR #89 here
   



Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) gender policy
 
  • GIFT members participated in the review of the CRFM Draft Policy on Gender Equality Mainstreaming in Fisheries
   
Gender in Caribbean fisheries scoping study (get preliminary report here)
 
  • Scoping of gender in fisheries in CRFM/CNFO countries, supported by FAO
  • Secondary and primary data collection by intern Pamela Burke and others
  • Created a shared online gender information repository for GIFT members
  • *Update* to be further developed for greater coverage through the SSF Gender project
   
MARE Conference: People and the Sea, Amsterdam, 5-7 July 2017 

Panel presentation on Engendering awareness in the Caribbean by Lisa K Soares and Patrick McConney in panel on Gender/Women Relations within Coastal and Fisheries Communities: From Past to Present
   
Belize ‘Women in Fisheries Forum’ 13 June 2017
Led by three GIFT members in Belize.
   
Review of the Implementation Guide on gender equality in the small-scale fisheries on behalf of FAO and ICSF
 
  • Members of GIFT assisted in reviewing the SSF Guidelines draft gender guidE
  • Expert workshop on gender-equitable small-scale fisheries in the context of the implementation of the SSF Guidelines, 28-30 November 2016, Rome, FAO
   
Inaugural  poster session on ‘Gender in Fisheries,’ 69th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), Grand Cayman, 7–11 November 2016
 
  • Comparative analyses of women and men, but focused primarily on women.
  • Topics of interest include: value chains, organizations, women’s roles, equality and equity. Click here to view the presentations
  • Launch of 2017 Leading Ladies in Caribbean Fisheries calendar (see below)
   
2017 calendar ‘Leading Ladies in Caribbean Fisheries’ 
 
A 2017 wall calendar produced and distributed in the region to raise public awareness of the importance of women in fisheries and their contribution to development. It was launched at the 69th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Grand Cayman, on 8 November 2016.
   
Gender analysis field methods testing
 
GIFT members and intern research assistant tested participatory field methods in the fishing community of Silver Sands in Barbados
   
Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Bangkok, Thailand, 8-10 August 2016
 
Two GIFT members attended (one generously sponsored by the CLME+ Project)
   
6th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF6), Bangkok, Thailand, 3-7 August, 2016
 
Two GIFT members attended (one generously sponsored by the CLME+ Project). Oral presentations were made on:
  • Caribbean fisheries: perspectives on gender
  • Caribbean views on gender equality: fisherfolk consider the Small-scale Fisheries Guidelines
   
2016 International Women's Day awareness-raising poster and article
  • One of the first GIFT activities was to create poster for International Women’s Day for display and discussion in the major fishing harbour and fish market in Barbados Click here for PDF poster download [10.8MB]
  • The article is a photo essay that describes GIFT and the challenges facing gender mainstreaming in the Caribbean with an emphasis on recognizing the roles of women in fisheries
   
Special poster session on “Gender in Fisheries” at the 69th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. Grand Cayman, 7–11 November 2016
• Comparative analyses of women and men, but focused primarily on women.
• Topics of interest include: value chains, organizations, women’s roles, equality and equity. Click here to view the presentations