We must empower women to become a part of the solution
Time and again, studies have shown that climate change disproportionately affects women and girls, creating a crisis of sexual and reproductive health in addition to increasing incidents of gender-based violence.
This is why the government’s National Adaptation Plan, meant to uphold women’s contributions in the fight against climate change, is most definitely a welcome one -- an initiative that should have perhaps been taken much earlier.
Regardless, considering the additional problems faced by women due to climate change-induced extreme weather patterns, providing opportunities for women and equipping women with the skills and knowledge necessary to become part of Bangladesh’s climate change resilience teams would go a long way towards improving the quality of aid provided to women and girls across the nation, especially during times of crisis.
Despite being such massive contributors to the economy and within their own households, women continue to suffer at the hands of retrograde patriarchal mindsets and a culture of misogyny which have paved the path for their suffering at the hands of an unjust system that continuously treats them as second-class citizens, a situation which has only been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.
While we are in the process of leaving the pandemic behind, climate change continues to wreak havoc with people’s lives and livelihoods and will continue to do so if we do not take drastic measures to combat the effects of a century’s worth of neglect.
In the process, we must empower women to become a part of the solution, so that the aid we provide is more inclusive and understanding of the suffering that women face at the hands of climate change.