Water Changemaker Awards

Mother’s Parliament among 12 finalists

Metro Desk

24 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Mother’s Parliament among 12 finalists

Bangladesh is waiting for a golden moment of the final round of Water Changemaker Awards to be held tomorrow as Mother’s Parliament (MP) from south-west coastal areas of the country is among 12 finalists of the contest. 

It has gone through several stages of judging for more than seven months, says a press release. Global Water Partnership (GWP) initiated Water Changemaker Awards that brings the experiences in the way water decisions have built climate resilience worldwide.

The moment of pride might click on global event ‘Climate Action Summit 2021’ hosted by the Netherland, convening global leaders and local stakeholders from all around the world.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with other global leaders will join the event. The world will get a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda that sets out clear commitments to deliver new endeavors and partnerships to make the world more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Mother’s Parliament is now waiting for support. It is time for Bangladeshi people to vote for them.

As one of the finalists, they will be invited to the Conference of Parties (COP) 26 in Glasgow, the UK in November this year to share their journey to develop a climate resilient community.

‘Mother’s Parliament advocates for climate resilient WASH facilities’ was one of the 350 applicants from different corner of the globe during June 2020. Then, a jury board including expertise on water has screened and shortlisted 139 changemakers.

In the second round, it clinched a place among 78 semi-finalists in September, 2020. And, at the end, as per assessment from the jury board, the platform has been among 12 finalists whose names were declared in October last year. Now, it’s the final moment. And, Mother’s Parliament is waiting for your vote to be the champion in People’s Choice Award.  

To raise awareness among communities and create a space for their concerns to be discussed and resolved, 130 Health Village Groups (HVG) each consisting of 25 members work at village level.

They formed an apex body called Mother’s Parliament, who discusses WASH related concerns of communities with Local Government institutions to advocate and solve issues raised by water users.

The MP successfully advocates for affordable WASH technology that deals with increased salinity and flooding in their communities due to Climate Change such as Pond Sand Filter systems. In the 2018-19 fiscal year, the MP achieved an increased budget allocation of 125 percent, a total of USD 64,422/UP for WASH at local level. In Morrelganj, they managed to find additional sources of funding and investment increased by 212 percent here.