Speakers at a programme said women are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of climate change that are worsening gender-based disparities.
In most cases, women and girls are merely labelled in the passive category, as ‘victims’, they said.They were addressing a virtual discussion on Untold Tales of Women Champions in Climate Change jointly organized by UN Women and International Center for Climate Change and Development at the Annual Gobeshona Conference 2021 on Saturday. Saima Wazed, Founder of Shuchana Foundation and Thematic Ambassador of Climate Vulnerable Forum chaired the event.
The UN Women aimed to hold dialogues to bring a paradigm shift into the narratives to portray women and marginalized people as mere victims rather to highlight the strength and achievements of women in combating climate change.
During the session six untold stories of grassroots women champions were projected from Satkhira, Khulna and Kurigram regions of Bangladesh.
Masura Parvin, unit leader of Cyclone Preparedness Program Satkhira said, “I can do the work of 10 men alone, People say I have no fear. During cyclone Bulbul, I was the only woman volunteer who worked outside with all the men in the middle of the disaster and I even carried disabled children on my shoulder and took them to cyclone shelter with me.”
Prof. Saleemul Huq, Director of ICCCAD, Khushi Kabir, a social activist, Dr. Maureen Fordham of UCL, Ashrafunnahar Misti from Women with disabilities Development Foundation, Afroza Begum Alpona, Vice Chairman of Kurigram Sadar, Jannatul Mawa, Executive Director of BINDU Nari Unnayan Shongothon from Satkhira, Farida Easmin, Executive Director of Nari Association for Revival and Initiative – NARI of Kurigram, Lipika Rani Boiragi, Executive Director of Association for Social Development & Distressed Welfare, Khulna and Jahida Jahan Mou, Reporter of Dokkhiner Moshal, Satkhira spoke as panelists.
Dilruba Haider, Office in charge of UN Women Bangladesh Country Office moderated the session.