As part of its gender strategy, the Amazon Fish for Food Project held the first meeting of male and female fish-farming leaders to look at the role of women in fish farming.
To increase visibility and recognition of the work of women in fish-farming and to propose strategies that help achieve gender equality amongst local organizations, Amazon Fish for Food , through CEPAC, organized the first meeting of fish-farming leaders in Ivirgazama, on August 25 and 26. The event was attended by representatives of various organizations of fish-farmers and by technicians from the municipalities of San Carlos, Yapacaní, Entre Rios and Puerto Villarroel, with an attendance of 60 participants (33 men and 27 women).
Spaces were created for reflection on the importance of incorporating a gender perspective into the various organizations. The sector was analyzed from a holistic point of view, helping to develop strong partnerships and empowered fish-farming families and fostering efficiency, management capability (at the production and marketing level), democratic decision making, and incorporating gender equality.
Three women leaders, who managed to consolidate their fish farming ventures despite substantial challenges, shared their experiences at the event. Several women leaders have developed successful ventures, and have become examples of tenacity, perseverance and entrepreneurship in fish-farming at the local level.
Widen Abastoflor, CEPAC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Verónica Hinojosa, CEPAC, email@example.com