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Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International
The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. For Our Earth and Future Generations A project of Women's Earth and Climate Caucus and its partner eraGlobal Alliance

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Women of Bangladesh

Organization: ActionAid Bangladesh
City/Country: Costal South, Bangladesh

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Women of Bangladesh

The women in the photos live in coastal south of Bangladesh – adjacent to the Bay of Bengal. Rising sea level, tidal surges, frequent cyclones, salinity intrusion are major challenges these women face. This is besides the patriarchal mindset of the community that also pose certain questions on women’s mobility, participation in decision-making, right to natural resources etc.

Despite all of this, the women’s groups have achieved considerable successes in learning about climate resilience, practising adaptation techniques and coordinating humanitarian response post-cyclone Mahasen. The overall outcome has also led to gradual shift in the gendered-identities with women gaining confidence and recognition of the communities, participating in disaster-preparedness strategy building within the community and with local government, and voicing climate demands globally.

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