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Men, Women and the Environment Gender Issues in Climate Change | Unnayan Onneshan

This paper explores the gender aspect of climate change in south-western Bangladesh. The author suggests that NGO, international and regional organisations should assist governments in developing gender-sensitive strategies to address climate change. Suggestions include: • making sound environmental management, risk management and gender equality an integral part of sustainable development • creating and implementing, with the involvement of community groups and women’s groups, comprehensive rural and urban development strategies, that will include gender sensitive adaptation for climate change It concludes that climate change initiatives offer clear opportunities to transform gender relations which limit the ability of both women and men to anticipate, survive, cope with, and recover from the effects of disasters. It is within this broad context that the need for a holistic and gender-sensitive approach to sustainable development and climate change adaptation needs to be addressed.