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April 9, 2019
NaFAA Boss Wants Access To Capital Resources For ‘Women In Fishing’
-Makes Presentation At World Maritime University’s Maritime Conference In Sweden
Monrovia – The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority of Liberia, Madam Emma Metieh-Glassco has called for the empowerment of Liberian Women in Fishing through the provision of access to capital and physical resources.
Director General Glassco has further recommended the establishment of a ‘Women in Fishing’ Chapter in Liberia as a way of mainstreaming the inclusion of women in decision making in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
According to her, about sixty percent of the workforce in the fishing industry in Liberia constitute women, making them a significant player in food security such as nutrition. As such, the fisheries boss has among other things, called for the formulation of stronger policies and initiatives locally, that will adequately address women’s issues.
Moreover, Madam Glassco has stressed the need for women to be allowed to participate in decision making as part of global actions for women empowerment in fisheries. Other global actions, she says, should include training and formal education for women in fisheries to increase productivity, as well as, access to global market instead of being limited to small scale fishing.
Madam Glassco, who is the country’s first female head of fisheries, focused her presentation on “Women Empowerment in Fishing and Seafood Harvest”, highlighting how and where women are located in fisheries and seafood harvesting in Liberia.
The NaFAA’s Director General made the remarks during her presentation as a global ocean governance expert at the third World Maritime University’s International Women’s Conference on “Empowering women in the maritime community” from 4-5 April in Malmo, Sweden.
The World Maritime University’s Women’s Conference is an inspirational event that identifies opportunities to encourage women to pursue careers in the maritime and ocean sectors, and calls for action from maritime and other stakeholders in support of achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 5 relating to Gender equality as a cross-cutting theme.
Madam Glassco is an alumna of the World Maritime University where she obtained a Master of Science (MSc.) in Maritime Affairs with emphasis in Ocean Sustainability Governance and Management, during which time she extensively covered the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other related maritime course modules such as International Maritime law and Policy.