In the wider terms, the book throws light on the importance of women in fisheries and the different challenges they have to face in sustaining their livelihood, raising their voices in establishing their identity, and rights in the society with special reference to West Bengal. The author strongly believes that the book is a valuable contribution to the field of Social Sciences, more specifically, in the discipline of Women and Gender studies. The content is based on original and serious research work and has explored an almost new vista of a large scale involvement of women in the fisheries sector. Despite their significant contribution in fisheries, they are unheard by society and are marginalised. The book also explores the role of the state and non-state actors. The author has also tried to focus upon the mechanism of micro-credit as a probable tool of their empowerment.
"Dr Shilpa Nandy, Assistant Professor of Political Science is serving at Khudiram Bose Central College affiliated to the University of Calcutta. She has done her Post Graduation and MPhil from University of Calcutta. She was awarded PhD from the Rabindra Bharati University. She has published 21 articles (including 7 accepted) in different National and International Peer-reviewed journals and edited books possessing ISBN Number. She has completed an MRP (Minor) sponsored by the UGC on Socio-Economic and Political Status of Fisherwomen Community of West Bengal: A Study of Purba Midnapore and South 24 Pgns districts . She is the Chief Editor of Pragya – A Peer Reviewed Academic journal with ISSN of Khudiram Bose Central College; Matsyakanya – A Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries and Newsletter of Bengal Institute of Political Studies.
She is also an Executive Member of DISHA (NGO) , Advisory Member of Dakshin Banga Matsyajibi Forum (Organisation of Fisherfolk Community), Member of National Platform for Women Fish Workers and also an Executive Member of Bengal Institute of Political Studies (BIPS). She is a Life member of IPSA and WBPSA. The author can be communicated at email@example.com"