Hatkhola Women’s Squad – It Starts With Her

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The Story

Bangladesh’s geography, along with social-economic factors such as poverty, make it one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change.

The pattern of rainfall is changing. Now it’s difficult to define a monsoon period and prepare for the increased risks of flash floods and landslides. This spoils farmland, making it much harder to produce food. there’s no food for them.

Jessica Skinner is a former humanitarian policy adviser with the British Red Cross. Her research and experience working in the aftermath of floods in Pakistan and Solomon Islands, has shown women are disproportionately affected by weather-related disasters.

“I’ve definitely seen the impacts of disaster on women,” Jessica said. “There’s lots of studies now showing [that] the numbers who are actually physically affected or killed by disasters are greater than men.”

As well as representing the greater number of casualties in the aftermath of disasters, women in Bangladesh are also more vulnerable going into them due to a lack of education and access to information.

The British Red Cross “It starts with her campaign”, launched in 2020, expanded on existing programmes in Barishal aimed at empowering women such as through Women’s Squad.

The campaign invested in a woman’s role in building strong and resilient communities.

Women and girls in Barishal, Bangladesh are being given a greater voice on the issues that directly affect them, through Women’s Squads.

These squads are being set up to raise awareness of issues that directly affect women, for example, menstrual health, gender-based violence and advice on how to start up a new business.

They are also playing an important part in building up community resilience to extreme weather events, as proved by the newly formed Hathkhola Women’s Squad established in 2019.

Hatkhola Women’s Squad – It Starts With Her

Barishal, Bangladesh

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