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Experts: Climate change hampers reproductive health

  • Published at 09:55 pm November 21st, 2021
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Participants of the knowledge fair organized by Share-Net Bangladesh titled ‘Climate Change and SRHR’ held at the Spectra Convention Center on Sunday, November 21, 2021 Courtesy

‘Studies have shown how climate change is interconnected to the increased number of child marriages in rural and remote areas’

Climate change impacts reproductive health in people living in coastal areas in Bangladesh and these issues should be an integral part of climate change adaptation programs, said climate change and health experts at the sixth annual knowledge fair organized by Share-Net Bangladesh.

The event titled "Climate Change and SRHR" started at Spectra Convention Center in Dhaka on Sunday, said a press release. 

Presided by the Managing Director of RedOrange Arnob Chakrabarty, other experts in the field attended, including Dr Ubaidur Rob, country director of Population Council; Ayesha Taasin Khan, director and head of Inclusive Citizenship and Education, Friendship; Dr Nazneen Islam Khan, senior officer of ICCCAD; and Mushfiqua Satiar from Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN).

Arnob stated climate change is having adverse effects on the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of those living in the most marginalized parts of Bangladesh, especially women and girls. “Studies have shown how climate change is interconnected to the increased number of child marriages in rural and remote areas.”

Climate change is also leading to miscarriages and infertility among women living in the char and coastal areas, endangering their reproductive health, he added.

They also emphasized the importance of incorporating SRHR into policies and programs relating to climate adaptation.

Dr Ubaidur Rob expressed the need for evidence on the issue of climate change impacts on SRHR. 

Ayesha Taasin Khan shared that they are generating union and upazila level data through their projects on climate-induced SRHR challenges that they are willing to provide for large-scale government programs. 

Dr Nazneen Islam Khan had stressed upon more research on gender and climate intersection. And Mushfiqua Satiar suggested aligning climate funds with gender equality 

Two thematic sessions on ”Child Marriage induced by Climate Change” and “Gender-Based Violence induced by Climate Change” were held where researchers presented their research findings. Both sessions explored the theoretical analysis aligned with root-level evidence.

The knowledge fair was also attended by young people and experts who are working on the intersection between climate change and SRHR. 

Mushfiqua Satiar said: “The donors will prioritize those proposed projects on climate change that will contain the element of gender.”

During the closing session of the event, Prof Dr Bellal Hossain from the department of Population Sciences of the University of Dhaka shared their work on a noteworthy project named RISE, which focuses on SRHR issues related to climate change. 

Share-Net Bangladesh gave a special award named “SRHR Recognition of the Year 2021” to Noorin Suhaila Asjad of Oroddho Foundation in the Youth category.

Former Dhaka Tribune journalist Muktasree Chakma Sathi of Supporting People and Rebuilding Communities (SPaRC) received an award in the general category. 

The new mobile application “Share-Net Bangladesh” is currently available in the Google Play Store and will soon become available on Apple's App Store.

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