FAO’s Committee on Fisheries can put gender equality on its agenda. Fisheries agencies can collect regular and accurate gender-specific catch-to-consumer employment data to track trends and progress.
When gender equality is not on the fisheries and aquaculture agenda and the labour contributions of women are not counted in data collection, women’s inputs are forgotten. To make the invisible visible, gender equality must be a stated program priority in policy, research, and practice, by building expertise within key agencies. Collection of fisheries data broken out by gender allows trends and progress to be tracked.
Specific actions: Place gender equality on the agenda for FAO’s Committee on Fisheries. Discuss and accelerate programs, especially around data collection, demonstrating leadership to member countries. National and regional fisheries and aquaculture agencies can then learn from these policy actions