Context and Rationale
Mapping of women fisherfolks at risk of Gender-Based Violence and other incidence of
discrimination during COVID-19 Pandemic is a two-pronged system. This involves the women
fisherfolks as Key Informant for their lived experiences plus aligned government service
providers for verification, clarification and other significant information. Conducting Focused
Group Discussion (FGD) with these service providers helps eliminate any gap that may have
resulted from the KII, documents interventions and best practices as well as presents existing
systems. FGD also addresses recommendations gathered from the KII of women fisherfolks.
This FGD with government service providers or aligned agencies serves as an
opportunity to communicate with duty bearers gaps and challenges, and for members of the
referral networks to work together to ensure prompt, effective, and survivor-centered GBV
response as stressed by the CHR.
The FGD is composed of but not limited to the following:
● BFAR as the agency tasked with the development, conservation, management,
protection and utilization of fisheries and aquatic resources
● Councils like Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils
● Local Government Unit of Claveria
● Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Person
● Philippine National Police (PNP)
⮚ Objectives of the Sectoral Monitoring:
Mandated as Gender Ombud of marginalized sector like women fisherfolks, the mapping
of legal referral mechanisms on GBV during the pandemic and new normal is anchored on the
1. Establish a baseline pertaining to the roles and participation of women in small scale
fishing and of the issues of the women fisherfolks including trafficking and GenderBased Violence (GBV), the implementation of MCW provisions on women fisherfolks
and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
2. Gather during the regional data on women fisherfolks and GBV during the COVID-19
pandemic and the new normal, creating partnerships with communities and CSOs and
strengthening CHR regional office’s situation monitoring on women in the marginalized
sectors as Gender Ombud in their respective regions.
⮚ Specifically, it aims to:
1. Render visible and document the roles and tasks undertaken by women fisherfolks in the
household and in the community;
2. Monitor the implementation of MCW provisions on women fisherfolks by looking at:
women’s roles; economic participation and recognition; access to information, resources
and food production; experiences of marginalization; discrimination; GBV
3. Document the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on women fisherfolks;
4. Document awareness of and availing by women fisherfolks of government programs in
response to COVID19; and
5. Gather recommendations from the ground


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