For women in Nacula, fishing is a daily occurrence and fisheries resources are important.
Women’s roles are crucial to the fisheries sector, contributing to food security, eradicating hunger and poverty, contribute to economic growth and building resilient nations.
Women’s contributions are under recognised and women’s voices often silenced in ocean spaces, and because of this women struggle to be included in decision-making processes.
This affects our ability to feed and support our families and communities.
In the Nacula District, we have a community-based 20 year Sustainable Development Plan and one of the aims is to empower women and girls in the district. The NGOs we partner with help to create awareness and conduct capacity building, and this creates opportunities for women to participate in decision-making in an open and transparent manner.
Communities and women know the importance of the coastal zone and its resources, and the importance of protecting, rehabilitating and using resources in a wise way.
There is also a need to support the protection of the deep sea where our women’s’ husbands fish.
There is a need for collective action.
– Lavenia Naivalu, Fiji.