Experts for Empowering Women to Increase Economic Opportunities

Global migration and climate change experts underscored the need for promoting women’s involvement in the adaptation of the climate change effects in Nepal and Bangladesh, in all aspects, an "innocent victim" of climate change.

The woman empowerment has been not only a social and moral issue, but it has also increased economic and sustainable opportunities, they said.

The experts made their remarks at an advocacy workshop on “Empowering Women to Adapt Climate Change Effects for Sustainable Growth’ held in Berlin, the capital city of Germany on Saturday, according to a press release.

The workshop was orgnanised as a part of the ongoing project of BASUG in collaboration with its local partner, SOLVE Nepal and with the support of the German International Development Cooperation GIZ and CIM.

Nepali Ambassador in Germany Ramesh Prasad Khanal Khanal, who spoke as chief guest at the inaugural session said women remained in the front line for the climate change related impacts as men, either migrated to find their employment or stayed within the community.

‘These women communities are not able to exit from the vicious cycle of poverty. The only visible solution for this problem is the bottom-up approach, which is empowering people at the bottom of the pyramid, who are mostly women,’ he said.

To empower the women through adaptation to the climate change impact, he stressed the need to invest for their capacity building and small and medium entrepreneurship, so that they could learn to adapt to the climate change.

Bangladesh commercial counselor at its mission in Germany Dr. Masum Ahmed Choudhury said the results of global climate scenario analysis showed that the impacts of climate change might be intense at high elevations and in regions with complex topography.

More than a decade ago it was found in a preliminary survey that climate change in the Ganges and Brahmaputra basins was likely to change river flows, which in turn would affect low flows, drought, flood and sedimentation processes, he said.

‘Temperature is increasing in Nepal and that rainfall is becoming more variable. So, it is high time to focus on the issue of mitigation and adaptation to climate change to keep the vulnerable countries like Nepal and Bangladesh and the world in the long run safe for the future generation,’ he added. 

In his speech Marius Jedlitschka, Junior Project Manager at CIM’s Program Migration for Development explained the different aspects of his organization has taken up to engage more diaspora engagement in the development at both ends.

Executive Director of SOLVE Nepal Rajendra Bahadur Pradhan said, Nepal contributes very little and negligible percentage of (0.027%) green house gas emission, but comes in fourth most vulnerable countries in the world from climate change.

BASUG chairman Bikash Chowdhury Barua said that women offer valuable insights and solutions into better managing the climate and its risks. ‘Through their agricultural experiences, and being the first responders in crises, they can easily adapt to climate change and contribute to finding a sustainable growth.;

He said that ‘in order to empower rural Nepalese women, it is necessary to give the knowledge and skills. With these aims in view, the on-going project of BASUG and SOLVE provides the perfect solution.’  

.The opening session was also addressed by Marius Jedlitschka, Junior Project Manager at CIM’s Program Migration for Development and Executive Director of BASUG’s partner organization, SOLVE-Nepal Rajendra Bahadur Pradhan

Project Consultant of BASUG Germany Marina Joarder moderated the inauguration session.

In the panel discussion the key note paper was presented by Dr. Prajal Pradhan, Postdam Institute for Climate Research (PIK), Postdam, Germamny, BASUG Germany Project Coordinator, Editor of Asian Department of Deutsche Welle Manasi Gopalakrishnan and PhD Researcher AHM Abdul Hai.

The panel discussion was moderated by BASUG UK Country coordinator Ansar Ahmed Ullah.

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