women workers

Gerlie Rebamonte shows a handful of dried seaweeds left from her first harvest after typhoon Haiyan wiped her seaweed farm to the sea (Photo: Genevive Estacaan/Oxfam)
At the northern tip of the island of Cebu lies Bantayan—a group of islets inhabited by over 135,000 people. Of this, around 70% engage in fishing and seaweed farming. Seaweed farming is a common livelihood in the area offering a viable means of earning additional income, and is easy to manage...
Imelda Esgana (47) stands on Talisay Beach waiting for fishing boats to return with their catch.  (Photo:Tessa Bunney/Oxfam)
Fishing families who lived in the path of the typhoon have lost boats, nets, and tools; the essentials they need to produce food and earn a living. Coral reefs have also been badly affected by the storm. Oxfam is working with fishing communities to rebuild boats and repair nets.
What happens when you give a woman shovel, hammer, and carpentry skills? Homes are restored, and the family life takes on a new future. This has been the case for Elizabeth. For the past 19 days,she has been attending the carpentry and masonry training held in her community.
Marie Clar Labtik (50) collects shells to make jewellery, five months after Typhoon Haiyan in Pooc, Bantayan  “We are poor. Because of the typhoon, we can’t rely on our husband’s work. We must work together. Women should be good models to their children and the community.”  Women like Marie Clair are among the many fisherfolk of Bantayan who rely on the sea for their survival, and who remain at risk to extreme weather events like Typhoon Haiyan.Photo: Tessa Bunney/ Oxfam
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