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Interview with Editrudith Lukanga - The Struggles for the Rights of Fishing Women in Africa

A sharp and deep interview with Editrudith Lukanga, a global leader for small scale fishers’ organizations defending women fish processors and traders’ constituencies. “Once communities are empowered, they can transform the world!” she said while describing the struggles for the rights of fishing women in Africa. She shows that the contribution to food security, nutrition and local and national development of women in the fish sector needs to be still recognized. Based on her strong intersectional perspective she argues that the struggle for policy convergences is associated to the establishing of a functional link between local, regional and global levels. The strategic path forward for this purpose, according to her, is to build alliances: “Our unity is our strength!”.

Editrudith Lukanga is a key delegate to Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples' Mechanism for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security, member of the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers and coordinator of the Working group of Fisheries in the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty.

Interview by Yajaira Hernández, social activist from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. This interview is part of the global discussion process towards the People's Sovereignty Network. It was held on September 3rd, 2019.