Community-based Resilience, Women’s Empowerment and Action (CREA)

Women and girls are the most affected victims in the project area in Shyamnagar of Satkhira district due to extreme poverty, scarcity of safe drinking water, poor health services, and health conditions. Cyclones, tidal surges, and salinity intrusion have made a severe impact on their lives. Every day, they have to travel 10 Km to collect drinking water which is often contaminated due to salinity intrusion. During traveling to collect water, they face violence like eve teasing, and verbal abuse as well as suffer from physical labour. The parents often consider their daughters as burdens and dispose of them by child marriage. Due to engaging in salt water most of the time during the day, they get cervical infection and even cervical cancer which ends upon deducting their cervix and results separation of conjugal life. Therefore, considering such context, to build women’s leadership capacity and increase the resilience of the most vulnerable communities to address climate change impact, there is a need for intervention by external stakeholders like NGOs to facilitate the women and girls so that they become empowered and can continue a usual and decent human life. Considering this perspective LEDARS is implementing the `Community Based Resilience Women’s Empowerment and Action (CREA)’ project with the support of Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) and the Embassy of Sweden.
Goal: Build women’s leadership capacity and increased resilience of the most vulnerable communities to address climate change impact.
·       Service providers both public and local government institutions are responsive, and increased access to the quality services of community specially women & girls.
·       Improved resilience of the most vulnerable coastal, char, hill, and haor communities to climate change impact
·       Empowered women and girls are dealing with inequality, social injustice, violence incidences and participated in voice raising and protests
·       Strong voices and decisions are in place against DVAW and child marriage. Decrease in rate of child marriage and DVAW in the selected climate vulnerable areas.
·       Risks related to poverty will be decreased with increased family income and alternative livelihoods options.

The project will reduce the risk of life and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable community people including women and girls including poor, landless, disabled, and women-headed households.

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