Women own only 6.89 percent agricultural land in the climate-vulnerable areas of Bangladesh, where men own 93.11 percent, revealed a pilot survey by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).
The BBS survey on Sex, Age, and Disability Disaggregated Data (SADDD) on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction was conducted with the technical support from UN Women.
The study found that of those engaged in agriculture, business, service, or day labour jobs, 10.60 percent are women while men constitute 89.40 percent.
Instead, women carry the majority of the burden of household care work (98.54 percent), with men only contributing with a fraction (1.46 percent).
The stark difference between these data illustrates the critical need to acknowledge that climate change and disasters affect different groups of people – including men, women, transgender, people with disability, ethnic minorities, and children – disproportionately. Hence it is crucial to address the specific needs and vulnerabilities of different groups.
Chief Guest of the event Dr Shahnaz Arefin, secretary of Statistics and Informatics Division, said, “The intensity, and frequency of climate change has been increased. Therefore, we need a comprehensive approach to tackle the negative impact of climate change.”
“To achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we need to work together both in adaptation and mitigation approaches. We need multi-stakeholder engagement to relate, and rely on data where academics, researchers, and civil service holders can join hands to ensure an equitable, sustainable, and resilient Bangladesh," she said.
“It will be a reference document for relevant government ministries and departments for more inclusive and gender responsive data collection on climate change and disaster risk reduction that will guide in addressing the varying needs and vulnerabilities of different group of people in climate induced disaster-prone areas,” she added.
Ms Farida Pervin, Director General of the Department of Women Affairs, Prof Sayed Shahadat Hossain, Institute of Statistical Research and Training (ISRT), University of Dhaka, Dr A Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), and Prof AKM Nurun Nabi, Former VC of Begum Rokeya University and Founder Chair of Department of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka, attended the event as Special Guest.
The event was chaired by Md Matiar Rahman, Director General of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.