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Gender Concepts, Analysis, and Tools in Sustainable Coastal and Marine Resources Management

Kuala Terengganu  
19 – 21 November 2019

Gender concepts, particularly in the fisheries industry, are somewhat new in Malaysia. The basic reasoning for gender awareness in the fisheries industry is hence needed, which will act as a precursor to introducing gender analysis and tools to better understand issues in coastal areas and to guide policy, research, and intervention development.

USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership, or commonly known as USAID Oceans, has had experience introducing these concepts in General Santos, the Philippines, and Bitung, Indonesia. Recently, it played an active role assisting with the Training Workshop on Gender Concepts, Analysis, and Tools in Sustainable Coastal and Marine Resources Management, organised in cooperation with the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI), the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), and University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).

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Key speakers and participants gathered for a group photo.

USAID Oceans had also recently published the Gender Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture Training Handbook with the Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section of the Asian Fisheries Society (GAFS-AFS). The handbook is a resource for coastal and marine fisheries officers and practitioners to learn from USAID Oceans’ experience conducting gender analyses, implementing gender strategies within the national context, and to ultimately influence relevant policies and strategies. Key elements from this handbook were introduced to the participants.

The training had also served as an opportunity to operationalise SEAFDEC’s recently-launched Gender Strategy, to facilitate efforts towards gender integration internally as well as among SEAFDEC Member Countries.

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Participants in discussion during the workshop.

More than 30 key representatives from government agencies, research institutions, academia, as well as non-governmental organisations participated in the training. Representatives from the CTI Member Countries were also present. MIMA’s Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment, Cheryl Rita Kaur was invited as a Resource Person and Panellist for a discussion on the national scenario and way forward. MIMA researchers Nurul Ashikin Zakaria and Norsyihan Jamal also participated in the workshop.

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Discussion during Panel Session on the subject area.

Overall, the programme played an important role in improving the understanding and capacity needs to carry out gender research and operationalise gender strategies, especially in coastal and marine resources management. This established engagement will be carried to the near future, towards a more detailed and concrete national and regional-level establishment of such an initiative.

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Participants stopped by one of the exhibition booths.

 

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