Both fisheries and tourism have been highlighted as pivotal sectors to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Women play important roles across fisheries value chains and throughout the tourism sector. Yet women's roles, contributions, priorities and interests tend to be overlooked and undervalued across sectors as well as in policy and management. In addition, because of restrictive social-cultural norms women are underrepresented in policy and decision-making. Gender discrimination threatens to increase women's vulnerability to ocean risks. Advancing gender equality benefits women and girls through improved welfare and agency. These benefits extend beyond the individual to women's households and communities, helping countries realise their full development potential, especially within the context of a Blue Economy.
Through a synthesis of peer-reviewed and grey literature, and numerous case studies from Small Island Developing States SIDS and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), this report highlights gender roles in two key sectors of the ocean economy (small-scale fisheries and coastal tourism), describes the gendered dimensions of ocean risks, and summarizes efforts across SIDS and LDCs for gender equitable approaches to building resilience to ocean risks.
Additional reports in this series are Blue acceleration: an ocean of risk and opportunities and Ocean Risks in SIDS and LDCs