To make the invisible visible, gender equality must be a stated priority in policy, research, and programs, and expertise built in the key agencies along the catch-consumer pathway.
At the research level, the most acclaimed fishery and aquaculture studies rarely include gender issues. Researchers can look to gender experts in the social sciences for ideas, approaches and collaboration opportunities. Research agencies can share knowledge of successes and challenges in creating positive change. At the program level, partnerships among small organizations and sharing of resources towards common goals will increase opportunities and reach.
Specific actions: Research agencies should make explicit their programs on gender research and their commitment to supporting a gender equal and safe workplace. Where gender research expertise is lacking, research leaders must take steps to recruit, train and share sources of gender knowledge.