Padayon Kita: A Call to Continue the Work on…

The National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines, Inc. (WINFISH), implementer of the USAID-funded project “Raising Awareness on Gender Equity and Women Empowerment in Fisheries Management in General Santos and Sarangani Bay Area (GR003)”, organized Padayon Kita, a kick-off event for the enhanced partnership towards the promotion of gender equity and women empowerment in fisheries in General Santos and Sarangani Bay Area. The event was held at the Vancouver Hall of Sydney Hotel in General Santos City on February 7, 2020.

The event is named Padayon Kita, which is translated in English as “let us continue”, to actively engage the local stakeholders in tuna fisheries to continue the gender interventions initiated by WINFISH under GR003.   WINFISH has advanced four gender interventions to combat illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing, namely:  1) fostering gender-responsive governance through gender-responsive legal frameworks, 2) raising awareness of gender equity and women empowerment in fisheries through gender-sensitive knowledge products, 3) empowering stakeholders in fisheries through gendered training and capability development, and 4) ensuing sustainability of raising awareness of gender equity and women empowerment through linkages, networks, and partnerships. GR003 will end in March 2020.

Padayon Kita served as a platform for the launching of the gender interventions in fisheries by members of the WINFISH team and the signing of Partnership Agreements between WINFISH and two local partners:  the Bureau of Fisheries XII (BFAR XII) and the Mindanao State University – General Santos City (MSU-GSC).   The oath taking of the interim officers of WINFISH SOCCSKSARGEN Chapter, a gender network established under GR003, also took place during the event.