Global Studies Professor, Kate Barclay, launches Handbook
Highlighting gender and social inclusion in the Pacific’s fisheries sector, the Handbook on Pacific Gender Equity and Social Inclusion in Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture has been launched by the Pacific Community (SPC).
Lead author of The Handbook, Kate Barclay, is a researcher of social aspects of fisheries and worked in collaboration with more than 30 people from 20 different organisations involved in its production.
Speaking as Chief Guest during the launch, Pamela Maru, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Marine Resources in the Cook Islands said: “The production of this Gender Handbook for Fisheries and Aquaculture and its excellent modules will further enhance the visibility of women’s roles in this sector.
[The Handbook] will enable Pacific Island government staff working on coastal fisheries and aquaculture to consider gender equity and social inclusion in their work.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Marine Resources in the Cook Islands
The Handbook provides practical guidance on how to improve gender and social inclusion and focuses on the responsibilities of Pacific Island governments to help promote sustainable development outcomes for people who rely on coastal fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods.
It targets the Pacific Island government staff working in fisheries and aquaculture and will be trialled in training for government staff from around the region and will be revised based on lessons learned from this testing.
Launching the Handbook at the SPC headquarters in Noumea, its Deputy Director-General Cameron Diver said: “This Handbook will be an invaluable resource on its own, but when used in conjunction with training it will have a major impact on shaping future policy.
The Pacific Gender Equity and Social Inclusion in Coastal and Aquaculture Handbook was developed through several writing workshops funded by the Australian Government, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Subregional Office in Apia.