Adwoa Adezawa: The Young Woman and the Sea

| March 22, 2017
Adwoa Adezawa

Adwoa Adezawa sits with her baby girl outside the courtyard where she cleans and processes fish.

Throughout West Africa, women are often called the “invisible fishers” and their significant roles in the fishing industry mostly go unmeasured. And yet, it is becoming increasingly clear that women quietly dominate the sector—even if they don’t go out in boats.

Adwoa Adezawa is a fishmonger in Moree, Ghana. She is 20 years old and has two children under the age of four. She stands on the fringes of a community meeting of fishers with her baby on her back, rocking the little girl gently. After listening to the fishermen speak about the problems with illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, she speaks up.

“I work with other fishmongers from my village. Together, we clean, smoke, and sell fish. When fish is plentiful, I can feed my family and still have enough to sell and make some money.”

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