Interview with a Tunisian Fisherwoman

image of a fisherwoman on a boat using oars
Blue TN
Kerkennah, Tunisia
Interview with a Tunisian Fisherwoman

In the serene waters of Kerkennah, an island off the coast of Tunisia, Sarra Souissi stands as a beacon of resilience and inspiration. As one of the few female fisherwomen in the region, Sarra’s journey is not just about fishing, it’s a tale of breaking barriers and nurturing the sea’s bounty.

Her days begin with the sunrise, as she sets out in her modest boat, navigating the Mediterranean waves. Sarra’s fishing methods are a blend of tradition and sustainability, ensuring the delicate balance of marine life is maintained. The challenges are many, from battling gender stereotypes to facing environmental hurdles. Yet, Sarra perseveres, her catch symbolizing not just food but a legacy of harmony with nature.

Sarra’s impact resonates beyond the shores. She’s not only a fisherwoman but a guardian of the sea, teaching and inspiring others about sustainable practices. Her story is a testament to the strength and spirit of the women of Kerkennah, weaving a narrative of hope and persistence against the vast, blue backdrop of the Mediterranean.

Watch the video report here. 

This story was produced with support from Internews' Earth Journalism Network. It was first published in BlueTN on 4 January 2024. BlueTN is one of the Mediterranean Media Initiative media partners. 

Banner image: Still from the BlueTN interview / Credit: BlueTN

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