- "Fishing na everybody business": women's work and gender relations in Sierra Leone's fisheries
- Feminist Economics
- Volume | Issue number
- 20 | 3
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
While small-scale marine fisheries in many developing countries is "everybody’s business", a strong gendered division of labour sees production concentrated in the hands of male fishermen - while women - ‘fish mammies’ - invariably dominate the post-harvest processing and retailing sector. Consequently, the production bias of many fisheries management programmes has not only largely overlooked the critical role that fisherwomen play in the sector, but has also seen ‘fish mammies’ marginalised in terms of resource and training support. This paper employs a gender aware livelihoods framework to make the economic space occupied by women in the small-scale fisheries sector in Sierra Leone more ‘visible’, and highlights how their variegated access to different livelihood capitals and resources interact with gendered social norms and women’s reproductive work. We argue for more social and economic investments in women’s fish processing and reproductive work, so as to enable them to reconcile both roles more effectively.
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