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In climate-vulnerable areas, women own 6.89pc of agricultural land

September 23, 2022 00:00:00

Women own only 6.89 percent of agricultural land in the climate-vulnerable areas of Bangladesh while men own 93.11 per cent, according to a pilot survey by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), reports UNB.

The findings of the survey on sex, age, and disability disaggregated data (SADDD) on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction were revealed at an event in Dhaka Wednesday.

The study found that of those engaged in agriculture, business, service, or day labour jobs, 10.60 percent are women while men constitute 89.40 percent.

Women carry the majority of the burden of household care work (98.54 percent).

Shahnaz Arefin, secretary at the Statistics and Informatics Division, said: "The intensity and frequency of climate change have been increased. We need multi-stakeholder engagement to relate, and rely on data where academics, researchers, and civil service holders can join hands to ensure an equitable, sustainable, and resilient Bangladesh."

Gitanjali Singh, country representative of UN Women Bangladesh, said: "The report demonstrates how to integrate gender equality data into national surveys for climate change and disaster statistics to bolster the nexus between gender equality, climate change and disaster risk reduction from the local to the national level."

"It will be a reference document for relevant government ministries and departments for more inclusive and gender-responsive data collection on climate change and disaster risk reduction that will guide in addressing the varying needs and vulnerabilities of different groups of people in climate-induced disaster-prone areas."

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