Bangladesh in a snapshot


Climate change and gender equality in Bangladesh

Women are disproportionately impacted by climate change and disasters because of the deep-rooted inequalities that affect them in their daily life. In Bangladesh, those vulnerabilities lie in the fact that women are usually poorer than men, lack access, ownership and control over resources, and have fewer livelihood opportunities. Women often do not have access to education and information and therefore lack the appropriate knowledge to adapt to climate change and respond to disasters. These issues are combined with women’s recurring exclusion from decision-making processes about climate change and disaster management, at the national level but also at the local scale or when building community resilience.

Collection and use of sex disaggregated data is still limited and while several government policies are currently targeting climate change and disaster risk reduction, many ignore gender inequalities and vulnerabilities, which limits their effectiveness. Indeed, women are primarily responsible for producing food and securing household water and energy for the family: they bear the full brunt of climate change. Considering their knowledge of the environment and resource conservation, women are at the perfect position to become positive agents of change and join forces with men to identify threats, develop adequate solutions and build the resilience of their community.

EmPower in Bangladesh

EmPower in Bangladesh will be implemented from 2019-2022 in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Union Parishads and local NGOs.

EmPower’s work in Bangladesh will focus on strengthening gender equality in climate change action. Working with women’s CSOs, EmPower will help build their capacity to advocate for women’s needs and roles in tackling climate change. Leadership and participation of CSOs in climate decision making processes will be fostered by bringing together CSOs with key Ministries for consultations and peer learning.

To inform policymaking, EmPower will support the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics in the collection of sex-age-diversity-disaggregated data and the development of gender profiles at the Union and Upazilla level in target districts.

While Bangladesh has many policies and strategies linked to climate change and energy, many of these are gender-blind. EmPower will use the the Gender and Climate Change Action Plan as an anchor to review and implement, engaging key ministries to build capacity of policy-makers on developing and implementing gender-reponsive climate policies and plans and fostering greater collaboration and dialogue among government stakeholders and civil society.

EmPower will also work with partners such as IDCOL and SREDA to support women’s entrepreneurship in the renewable energy sector in a few pilot districts namely Bhola, Mounpura, Kurigram, Jamalpur and/or Faridpur. Supporting policy, training and access to finance for female entrepreneurs to pilot renewable energy interventions that can augment their livelihoods and improve their lives.
Partners in Bangladesh

Partners in Bangladesh

EmPower in Bangladesh collaborates with:

  •  Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC)
    • Department of Environment, MOEFCC
    • Department of Forests, MOEFCC
    • Bangladesh Climate Trust, MOEFCC
  • Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief
    • Department of Disaster Management
  •  Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWCA)
    • Department of Women’s Affairs, MOWCA
  • Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources
    • SREDA
  • Infrastructure Development Company Ltd. (IDCOL)