In celebration of International Women’s Day, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), in collaboration with Mangroves for the Future (MFF) and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), recently launched a Gender Analysis Toolkit (GAT) on March 8, 2019, to improve gender integration and mainstreaming in coastal resource management programmes in South and Southeast Asia.
The toolkit aims to help coastal and fisheries management practitioners, such as programme officers and technical advisors from development and environmental agencies, develop baseline knowledge around gender dimensions related to coastal and natural resources use, livelihoods development and ecosystems management.
This knowledge can help identify gender gaps and advance gender-integrated and gender responsive planning for improved resilience of coastal ecosystems and the communities that depend on them.
The toolkit also provides direction around key instruments, concepts and themes for qualitative gender analysis in coastal ecosystem-dependent communities.
The toolkit is an iterative development process meant to be revisited and revised to reflect new circumstances and emergent learning at different stages and from sites where the analysis is conducted.
The GAT is one of the main outputs of a SEAFDEC-MFE-SEI regional gender study, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The study explored gender patterns in coastal and marine resources management, with the aim of improving overall understanding about the state of women and men in environmental decision-making. The study also identified the main challenges preventing equitable opportunities for men and women in the coastal fisheries and coastal resource management sectors.
The study, along with a resulting synthesis report contributes to strengthening our collective understanding and commitment towards achieving gender equality as a core part of coastal and marine resource management and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 5 and SDG 14.
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