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Bangladesh taking effective measures for vulnerable women: Minster in COP-15

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Published: 17:57, 10 May 2022  
Bangladesh taking effective measures for vulnerable women: Minster in COP-15

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With its scarce resources, Bangladesh has taken a number of measures for uplifting the conditions of vulnerable women, said Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin.

“The Government is trying to best to ensure gender equity. Women have been given equal opportunity in all spheres of life in the constitution of Bangladesh, and the country has formulated a range of policies, laws and guidelines to ensure gender equity,” said the minister at the High-Level event of the Gender Caucus in the conference of the parties (COP-15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), according to a statement.

The conference was held on Tuesday night in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire hosted by the First Lady of Cote d'Ivoire Dominique Ouattara.

The minister said climate change-related risks and vulnerabilities adversely affect women and tend to loss their lives and livelihood.

Bangladesh, climate change obstructs country’s sustainable food security and makes the population, especially women, vulnerable to health as well as environmental shocks,” he said.

The minister said the 8th five-year plan of Bangladesh undertakes a number of activities that will help to mitigate the severe problem of land degradation in Bangladesh and will support the global agenda of achieving sustainable development goals.

He said, “We are encouraging and welcoming international cooperation and support through UNCCD secretariat as well as Global Mechanism for improving the conditions of affected people, especially for women.”

It is mentionable that in the Gender Caucus, the First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire Dominique Ouattara and the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed launched a new study on the differentiated impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought on men and women.

The study shines the spotlight on the disproportionate impacts women and girls are facing when land is degraded and how, if given the agency, they can be at the forefront of global land restoration efforts.