Empowering African Women in fisheries Sector

What we do

We aim to strengthen the position and contribution of women fish workers to the continental agenda of ending hunger in Africa and halving poverty. Recognizing the vital role women play as active participants in the fisheries sector and African society, we provide them with the resources, support, and opportunities they need to thrive

AWFISHNET serves as a coordinating body for all members involved in fish processing and trade in Africa. Our network provides a platform for collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and collective action to address the challenges faced by women in the industry.

Through advocacy efforts and policy engagement, we advocate for policies and initiatives that promote gender equality, women’s empowerment, and inclusive economic growth in the fisheries sector. By influencing policy at the continental level, we strive to create a more equitable and sustainable future for women in Africa.

AWFISHNET offers capacity-building initiatives, training programs, and technical assistance to equip women with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to enhance their productivity, resilience, and economic empowerment.

We facilitate institutional coordination among members, partners, and stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving the livelihoods of women fish workers. By fostering partnerships and fostering dialogue, we seek to create an enabling environment for women to thrive in the fisheries sector.

Platform for African women Fishprocessors and Traders

  • Share best practices experiences, technologies, and learning together; 
  • To collaborate and elaborate.
  • Advocate for issues affecting their activities.
  • Facilitate enabling policy environment to enhance their role in fisheries sector in the continent.


Members of AWFISHNET are the National Networks of Women Fish Processors and Traders in the country members of the African Union. 

During its formation, AWFISHNET begun with 28 countries and to dates, its proud of its 44 members spread in the continent.

Workplace Safety

Ensuring occupational safety and health standards, safety protocols and risk assessment for women in fish processing and trading. 

Well-being Support

Prioritizing the well-being and social welfare of women, healthcare services and social support networks.

Capacity Building

Enhancing professional competencies and skills of women, encompassing training, education and skill building programs.

Women Empower-ment

Initiative focused on financial literacy, entrepreneurship training, access to resources and markets.

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AWFISHNET: Empowering African fisherwomen for a brighter future.

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