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Survey: 32% of female climate migrants not allowed to work outside home

  • Published at 08:19 pm November 13th, 2019
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GIZ Bangladesh to unveil study on climate migrants, their plight in the cities and ways to improve their conditions at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Tuesday, November 13, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Around 31.5% of female climate migrants also think they do not have the required skill set  for jobs offered, the survey further stated

A baseline survey has found that 32.2% female climate migrants cannot have jobs outside the home as their families do not allow it.  

The survey was conducted by the Urban Management of Migration and Livelihood (UMML) and Urban Management of Internal Migration due to Climate Change (UMIMCC) project, implemented by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit) Bangladesh.

Findings of the survey were presented at an event held at Dhaka's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Wednesday. 

The survey, funded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and EU, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare, also found that 45.1% of women are not interested to join jobs outside their homes due to low wages offered.

Around 31.5% of female climate migrants also think they do not have the required skill set  for jobs offered, the survey further stated. 

Caren Blume, deputy head of development cooperation, German Embassy in Dhaka, said: "I have a different perspective about women empowerment...it is not just about getting a job."

The data was collected from Rajshahi, Sirajganj, Khulna, Barishal, and Satkhira, where 17,070 households were surveyed which also included women recognized as the vulnerable poor, and EU returnees. 

Speakers at the program also discussed how to face the challenges of climate change in Bangladesh.   

Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh First Secretary, Manfred Fernholz, said: "All lives are valuable but it is a positive sign that the devastation caused by Cyclone Bulbul was not as severe as Cyclone Sidr and Aila." 

Speaking as the chief guest, Ministry of Social Welfare Joint Secretary, Shibani Bhattacharjee, said: “Climate change cannot be avoided but we can mitigate its effects.

"This is really commendable that this project is working on increasing livelihood options for climate migrants."  

The baseline survey also found that on an average, every Bangladeshi male and female have Tk8,855 and Tk5,234 of debt on them.

Speakers at the event also said debt reduction is one of the major goals of this project in the coming years. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.