MFF is working with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) to work on a Regional Gender Study to pull together much needed information about the roles of men and women and gender inequalities in coastal resource management, local employment opportunities and about women’s engagement in environmental decision making in particular.
In this respect and as part of the MFF Regional Gender Study, a simple Gender Analysis tool kit has been designed to facilitate the Gender Analysis (GA) research in coastal areas (MFF sites). The MFF GA Toolkit is a practical guide for coastal and fisheries management professionals seeking to understand how gender can impact coastal ecosystems resource use and management. The toolkit has been designed to guide MFF staff in developing baseline knowledge in response to the need for more rigorous local-level research examining the gender dimensions of resource use and natural resource management in order to promote and advance gender integrated/ gender responsive planning.
As such, a one day regional workshop was held in Bangkok on 4th July 2017 to familiarize MFF National Coordinators and others in the use of the GA tool that they can take the lead in coordinating the field research for priority sites in their countries.
The learning objectives were as follows:
1. To introduce the MFF Regional Study and the MFF Gender Analysis Toolkit
2. To familiarize MFF National Coordinators with the MFF Gender Analysis toolkit
3. To hear from MFF countries that have already conducted the Gender Analysis for at least one MFF site
4. To discuss the implementation of the Gender Analyses in the MFF countries
Countries are currently undertaking gender analyses in respective geographic sites, with the aid of national gender experts/ consultants.