The Embassy is supporting the UN Women Bangladesh Country Office to bring the rights of women into the climate change debate through a Project 'Reducing Vulnerability of Women Affected by Climate Change through Viable Livelihood Options'. The project aims to contribute towards engendering Bangladesh's climate change programme through women's participation in the implementation process.
On 21 April UN Women organized a Symposium on "Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation for a Gender Sensitive Frontier" and presented two study reports on Socio Economic Conditions & Women’s Livelihood Needs Assessment in ten selected districts of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Secretary Mr. Tariq-Ul-Islam and the Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Arne Haug spoke at the session as Chief Guest and Special Guest respectively. The Country’s two leading experts on climate change issues Prof. Dr. Ainun Nishat and Dr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed were amongst the distinguished panelist, while UN Women Country Representative Ms. Christine Hunter chaired and moderated the discussion. A good number of people from government, NGOs, development partners etc. attended the session.
The study reports have provided operational recommendations to guide further efforts for policy makers and key stakeholders. The findings from the reports will assist planning and programs aiming to reduce women’s vulnerability in five coastal districts prone to adverse climatic effects and in five other districts prone to floods and droughts.
Mr. Arne Haug, Chargé d’affaires a.i. Royal Norwegian Embassy delivering his speech. Photo: UN Women BCO
Ms. Christine Hunter, UN Women Bangladesh Country Representative and Chair of the Session addressing the audience. Photo: UN Women BCO
Audience of the Symposium on "DRR& CCA for a Gender Sensitive Frontier". Photo: UN Women BCO