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Barbados Showcases Small-Scale Girls Fisherfolk At WTO


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Mar 22, 2024
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The Barbados Fisheries Division and the UNDP Barbados and the Japanese Caribbean Accelerator Lab current ‘The Barbadian Matriarchy of Fishing’. (Credit score: Barbados Fisheries Division)

The Everlasting Mission of Barbados to the United Nations and the World Commerce Group (WTO) in Geneva submitted a doc on Monday to all WTO Members highlighting the significance of supporting small-scale and artisanal fisheries in Barbados.

The mini-documentary submission, entitled ‘The Barbadian Matriarchy of Fishing’, was formally shared as a part of the continued negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies.

In introducing the doc, Ambassador and Everlasting Consultant to the United Nations, the World Commerce Group and different Worldwide Organizations in Geneva, Matthew Wilson, defined that the video intends to focus on why fisheries matter for Barbadian livelihoods, meals safety, and girls’s financial empowerment.

He stated it additionally goals to indicate why there’s particular and differential remedy being requested for ladies. “It’ll show you how to perceive why Barbados takes the positions we do on this room and what we imply after we say small-scale and artisanal.
“You will note why we are saying unduly limiting our fisheries sector potential is counterproductive and that we have to deal with unsustainable practices by distant water fishers which have risked the well being of our yields,” Ambassador Wilson said.

He stated ‘The Barbadian Matriarchy of Fishing’ video helps the acknowledgement, honouring, and preservation of tradition and id via storytelling on information, knowledge, and abilities within the fisheries business in Barbados.

Within the video, it was famous that ladies are considerably underrepresented in coverage and decision-making and that their contributions to fisheries and aquaculture usually are not typically formally recognised. It additionally signifies that ladies make a substantial contribution to family earnings and meals safety, and their earnings steadily function the primary supply of assist for households and communities.

As well as, there’s a name for ladies to be recognised as important change brokers since they’re essential customers of fisheries sources and key stakeholders within the business.

The mini-documentary additionally highlights that in Barbados, the harvest sector is male-dominated with feminine participation accounting for lower than one per cent of the workforce. Nevertheless, the participation of girls within the post-harvest sector as fish processors, distributors, and enterprise homeowners is important, accounting for greater than 80 per cent.

The video was produced by the Barbados Fisheries Division, UNDP Barbados and the Japanese Caribbean Accelerator Lab, and Uppercase Visuals.

Writer: Sheena Forde-Craigg

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