Consultant (Methodology & Collaborative Study on Women's Empowerment)

Growing efforts to close gender data gaps are critical to making more visible the paid and unpaid contributions of women to the fisheries sector. Similarly, policy and development efforts to expand women’s equitable participation in small-scale fisheries governance and livelihoods are growing as a means of enhancing outcomes from the sector. Yet, similar momentum around women’s empowerment – as a valid development outcome in its own right (SDG 5) – in the sector is lagging. With some exceptions, the term ‘women’s empowerment’ is at times loosely applied in the sector (as if interchangeable with participation, or income or nutrition outcomes), tends to be weakly assessed and evidenced and, arguably, remains elusive as an outcome. Especially as momentum around aquatic development pathways such as the Sustainable Blue Economy grow, there is a pressing need to address these gaps.