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Girls, women worst climate victims in Bangladesh

The impacts of climate change will not be gender neutral as they will affect women and girls the most due to social norms, systemic inequalities and unique reproductive obligations in Bangladesh, says a new study.

The findings were published in a publication titled ‘The State of Gender Equality and Climate Change’ published in Dhaka on Thursday.

This publication is primarily a compilation of a series of reports highlighting the links between gender equality and climate change in countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Women and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) have jointly prepared the Bangladesh Assessment Report with financial support from the Swedish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (Sida).

This nationwide dissemination analyzes the gendered impacts of climate change and the gendered gaps in tailoring policies, addressing gaps in gender mainstreaming in four sectors: agriculture, water resource management, forestry and renewable energy. identify.

At the event to launch the report, experts recommended ensuring the integration of gender into climate action plans, while promoting public awareness and gender mainstreaming to achieve sustainable development. He said we must strengthen both

Professor Sharmind Neromi of Jahangirnagar University, who presented the report, said:

Climate change has therefore increased the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, and women, unfortunately, bear the burden of such environmental damage, she added.

Farhina Ahmed, head of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, said different ministries would find it difficult to translate the report to suit different gender names and aspects.

“Therefore, a toolkit needs to be created to ensure that all development programs are gender-responsive. Evidence-based research and database development are essential to putting this knowledge into practice,” she said. said.

Diya Nanda, Deputy Country Representative for UN Women, suggested considering gender budgeting and allocation issues before policy decisions.

“It is important to have strong cooperation and coordination among different ministries and departments related to climate change and gender equality to ensure sustainable and gender-responsive climate action in Bangladesh,” she said. concluded.

Mozaharul Alam, Regional Coordinator of UNEP’s Climate Change Programme, and Martinez Backstrom, First Secretary (Environment and Climate Change), Swedish Embassy in Dhaka, also spoke at the event.

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