FARNET has published a study on how FLAGs support women in Fisheries. The study provides a analysis on women in fisheries and aquaculture using a comprehensive data. FARNET’s study provides a fuller picture on the support and representation of women in fisheries, based on a sample of 113 FLAGs across the EU.
Findings reveal that in most FLAG areas, 15% of fisheries supply chain businesses rely on the unpaid support of women, e.g. fishermen’s wives and other family members. Nine percent of FLAG projects in the 2007-2013 programming period under Axis 4 of the EFF were focused specifically on supporting women. This figure is expected to increase to 14% over the current period. An estimated €65 million in FLAG funding was spent on projects supporting women in the 2007-2013 period. Participation of women on FLAG decision-making bodies directly correlates with the number of projects FLAGs specifically target towards supporting women in the sector.
The survey was complemented by three case studies of FLAGs that showed significant support to women in fisheries and aquaculture, one from each of the three main sea basins, the Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean.
More information can be found in the FARNET website and the full report is available here.