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ssf-gender : Activities and outputs

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SSF Gender policy champions​
Ms. Alexandria Rhooms​ Mr. Cecil Marquez Mrs. Shellene Berry

Throughout July 2020 the Gender in Fisheries Team (GIFT) introduced three SSF Guidelines policy champions to support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines and highlight the importance of gender mainstreaming in Caribbean small-scale fisheries (SSF). The first policy champion is Ms. Alexandria Rhooms representing the Caribbean Youth Environment Network – Jamaica Chapter. Mr. Cecil Marquez, Director and PRO of Gouyave Fishermen’s Cooperative Society, Grenada, is the second policy champion. Our third policy champion is Mrs. Shellene Berry, Fisheries Officer at the Ministry of Commerce, Agriculture, Investment and Fisheries (MICAF), Jamaica.

This initiative is an activity undertaken under the FAO-funded SSF Gender project which aims to implement gender aspects within the SSF Guidelines and the protocol to the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP) for securing SSF. It is anticipated that the SSF Guidelines Policy Champion initiative will be promoted from now, leading up to the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA) in 2022 and beyond. In their voluntary roles, the GIFT SSF Guidelines Policy Champions will commit time largely to communication and networking and will engage in activities that may include:
  • Encouraging regional, national, and local partners to lead action to implement the SSF Guidelines and SSF Protocol in CARICOM/CRFM.
  • Sharing key messaging points to promote the SSF Guidelines and SSF Protocol, including gender awareness and gender mainstreaming.
  • Influencing partners to include SSF Guidelines, SSF Protocol and IYAFA at strategic local, national, regional, and international meetings.
  • Helping to mobilise resources and support for the SSF Guidelines, SSF protocol and major IYAFA events through relationship building.
  • Communicating with regional, national, and local partners including fisherfolk organisations and private sector on policy matters.

Lisa Soares, the Principal Investigator, for the SSF Gender project shared, “we are elated to have these policy champions on board that through their varied capacities have shown their unwavering commitment and support to promote the welfare of Caribbean small-scale fisheries”. We congratulate them on accepting their roles and look forward to working with them to advance the interests of Caribbean small-scale fisheries and highlighting the importance of gender mainstreaming in Caribbean fisheries.
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