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Although the fisheries industry is one of the major sources of food for humanity and employment in all parts of the world but mostly in developing States, the law of the sea does not provide adequately for the protection of the labour rights of fishers, including women fishers. Comprehensive regulation may be found in the 2007 ILO Work in Fishing Convention (no. 188), which recently entered into force. But the Convention does not include any substantive gender-specific provisions, advocating positive measures and dedicated policies. Instead, the world community relies more and more on across the broad commitments building on the significant groundwork already in place and concentrating in the implementation and continuous evaluation of the measures and policies already undertaken and executed. In this context, it would be perfectly reasonable not to draft more provisions for the enhancement of the labour rights of women working in the fisheries sector but rather ensure that all persons working in the fishing industry benefit from the same protection. Whether that approach would suffice to reserve the current deplorable situation in the world fisheries workplace, it remains in doubt.

In: Gender and the Law of the Sea