Fisheries co-management and gender roles in Lake Victoria Fishing Communities of Busia and Mukono districts, Uganda

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and social sciences.
Women play crucial roles in fisheries, particularly in the processing and marketing. Despite this, women’s knowledge and abilities are overlooked in research and policy making. Therefore, a research was conducted to assess the effect of co-management of fisheries on the traditional gender roles at household and community as well as the fishing roles; obstacles encountered b~’ women in the co-management of fisheries arid the coping and transformative strategies; the women’s benefits and empowerment in the co-management of fisheries. A total of 248 of Beach Management Units members in Lake Victoria fishing communities of Majanji in Busia District and Katosi in Mukono District, Uganda were involved and a thorough analysis of secondary information and primary data collected with the help of questionnaire, interviews, observations, and focus group discussions. Key findings proved that under co-management of fisheries, there was evidence of inequality in gender division of labour with women doing more work than men. There is no significant difference in the obstacles faced by either gender in participation in co-management of fisheries. Furthermore, there is a considerable stride towards equity in terms of distribution of benefits of both gender and process clarity in co-management of fisheries. In conclusion, of women in co-management arrangements ensures a gender orientation towards gender equality, equity, empowerment and sustainable development, thus the recommendation to promote gender sensitive policies and further research.
A dissertation Presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Public Policy Planning and Management
Fisheries Co-management, Gender Roles, Lake Victoria, Fishing Communities