Delwyn and Chelcia’s stories of change
Delwyn Amoe works with National Fisheries Development in the Solomon Islands. She was a participant at a training workshop run by the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) programme and the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, in February 2020.
The workshop raised awareness on the obstacles women and men face in the commercial fishing industry and the impact of foreign offshore fishing operations on Pacific people’s lives and human rights.
Sharing her experience on the impact of the training, Delwyn said:
“I thought that I knew about human rights and gender equality, but attending this training showed me that I still have a lot more to learn and I’m so excited about this. I am going to take back a lot of what I’ve learned from discussions and case studies. One thing that stands out for me is that while I’ve been trying to develop and implement gender equality, I should be promoting equity first and this is something that I am going to be working on.”
Another participant, Chelcia Gomese, who is a Senior Research Analyst and the Gender Focal Point for Coastal Fisheries at Worldfish in the Solomon Islands had this to say about the training:
“I was very happy to be a part of the training as a gender person in the field of coastal fisheries. It’s very important that we recognise the role of women in fisheries. The gender and human rights workshop enabled me to better understand roles and to make sure that gender is incorporated in all pathways of the work that we do.”
The workshop also aimed to enhance the capacity of FFA staff and its partner organisations by providing them with the tools to plan, design, and implement their activities in the oceanic fisheries sector using a gender-sensitive lens.
The workshop also discussed indirect gender-specific risks for women and men, vulnerable groups and coastal communities in the context of oceanic fisheries operations and the influx of foreign labour. Human rights violations in the oceanic fisheries sector in the Pacific were highlighted through case studies.
The PEUMP programme is a multi-partner programme funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Sweden.
1. Debbie Singh, Communications Officer, Pacific-EU Marine Partnership (PEUMP) programme, Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji. Email | [email protected]