Country Wide Campaign for Mothers and Daughter Education as Priority in Climate Adaptation

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Dhaka, 9th October 2010. Today in a press conference International Rural Women Day Observation Bangladesh committee, a body of right based non government and civil society organization has announced country wide campaign to demand priority in mother and daughter education in climate adaptation. The press conference was moderated by Mustafa Kamal Akanda, Ms. Shamima Akhter of Asow, Savar, Asif Iqbal of Purbasah Faridpur, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury and Syed Aminul Haque of EquityBD spoken in the occasion.

Ms. Shamima Akhter read out a written press statement, where it has mentioned that, in fact 15th October declared as world rural women day in 1995 Beijing conference on women, later it has been endorsed by United Nation during 2007. Basically the day is to promote rural women concern and their rights. Right based organizations have been observing the day in Bangladesh since last ten years with their own resources. In line with international call, Bangladesh committee has taken initiative to promote concern of education for mothers and daughters in respect of climate education. They mentioned that mothers and daughters will be the worse suffers in climate change catastrophes, but they have to manage food, health care and especially taking care of children and adult population of a family. The group has placed six demands in this regard, where it has urged to initiate especial functional education for mothers and adolescent girls with income generating support, they have also placed demand to provide free electricity and water facilities in slum area, where most of the families has came from coastal area, as displaced by climate impacts in coastal area.

Mostafa Kamal Akanda has mentioned that, different programs will be observed in 60 districts, a seminar will be held in Dhaka on 14th October, there will be prizes will be given to rural women in each of the district for their outstanding role in respect of birth attendance, seed preservation, mediating demand on legitimate rights, facilitating education etc. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury mentioned that; the best approach of preparing climate adaptation in family is to develop knowledge, life and income generation skill of mothers and daughter’s skill in coastal areas.

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