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Scaling non-binary approaches to gender in policymaking datasets

Authors: Amelia Duffy-Tumasz*, Temple University
Topics: Gender, Cultural and Political Ecology, Development
Keywords: gender, political ecology, Senegal, fisheries, development
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Plaza Ballroom D, Sheraton, Concourse Level
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This presentation envisions what scaling a non-binary approach to data collection might look like, in relation to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nation’s ongoing efforts to identify the characteristics and drivers of change in small-scale fisheries through its International Hidden Harvests (IHH) report, to be published in late 2020. This international collaboration entails enumeration and the concomitant disaggregation of official fisheries statistics by sex, to make visible women’s economic and social contributions on a global scale. Drawing on Mollett and Faria’s notion of “messing with gender” (2013) and speaking from my own standpoint as a gender advisor for the IHH Senegalese case study, I will discuss the potential for disaggregating gender analysis beyond sex to amplify the implications of intersectional critique for ecofeminist praxis. How might a more comprehensive approach to collecting and collating data foster inclusive and equitable resource allocation for blue economies of the future? How can we learn from the IHH process in order to anticipate challenges, and practically plan for them?

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