Support for women to build their adaptive capacity to climate change
Climate change affects everyone, but not equally. Women are among the most vulnerable to climate change due to the inequality, marginalization, poverty and access to livelihoods. For that, women are at greatest risk of climate related hazards. Bangladesh is considered as one of the most climate vulnerable countries and women in hard to reach areas, like Deluti Union of Paikgacha Upazila in Khulna District, still remain deprived. Structural and cultural disparities in Bangladesh make them disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Finance Division has been working to address this challenge through the increasing flow to climate finance. The Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience (IBFCR) project ensures, women are considered in national strategy for climate change. Under this project, Deluti Union Parishad has already conducted risk assessments, developed a baseline of the situation and developed a local climate action plan with the objective of minimizing the risks posed by climate change impacts. The climate action plan specifically identified and prioritized the access to saline-free drinking water and adaptive livelihood options for women as actions to reduce climate risks.The programme “Strengthening Governance of Climate Change Finance to Enhance Gender Equality (2017-2022)” has been supporting the implementation of two schemes, thereby implementation of the local climate action plan to demonstrate gender-responsive climate actions at local level.