At a recent event hosted by the Gerakan Ingat Selamat Layar Indonesia (GISLI) featured a collaboration with the Directorate General of Strengthening the Competitiveness of Marine and Fishery Products (PDSPKP) of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia (Direktorat Jenderal Penguatan Daya Saing Produk Kelautan dan Perikanan (PDSPKP)), Fildza Nabila Avianti, our senior researcher from the Ocean Climate Research Group, having the change to talk as a speaker and sharing his knowledge to the fisherman’s community. This event showcased the crucial role women play in managing the family economy, especially within the fishery sector.
Fildza as a legal expert at GISLI, spearheaded a comprehensive training session for approximately 60 participants who are fishermen’s wives. The training was designed to shed light on the invaluable contributions of women in the fishery product value chain, ranging from selling fish commodities to processing secondary fishery products. Fildza emphasized the significance of these women’s roles in the industry, even beyond their immediate families.
“Women have a big role in the fishery product value chain, starting from selling fish commodities to processing secondary fishery products, such as through Poklahsar (Kelompok Pengolah dan Pemasar (processing and marketing groups)),” said Fildza. Her insights highlighted how women are intricately woven into the fabric of the fisheries sector, playing a pivotal role in various stages of the value chain.
Fildza went on to explain the unfortunate reality that despite their substantial contributions, the significant role of women in the fishery industry often goes unnoticed or underappreciated. This lack of recognition is a concern not only for the women themselves but also for their surrounding communities. Hence, Fildza and GISLI took it upon themselves to address this issue by providing essential training and support to these people.
This partnership with governmental and local bodies signifies the commitment to uplift the economic status of fishermen’s wives and harness their untapped potential. It is a significant step towards creating a more equitable and sustainable fishery industry in Indonesia.
In conclusion, Fildza Nabila Avianti’s participation in the GISLI event serves as a powerful reminder of the essential, yet often unrecognized, role played by women in the fishery sector. Through the collaborative efforts of GISLI, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and the Sukabumi district fisheries service, the event highlighted the need for empowerment and recognition of these women, ensuring that their contributions are acknowledged and appreciated.
This event is also covered by Radar Sukabumi, read more on https://radarsukabumi.com/kabupaten-sukabumi/gisli-cabang-sukabumi-konsen-jaga-keselamatan-nelayan-dan-memperdayakan-istri-nelayan/
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Fildza Nabila Avianti
Senior Research Associate Ocean Maritime