Steps needs to check gender vulnerability to climate change


Karachi: Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) held a dissemination workshop to share the key findings of a three-year research project “Gender and Social Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Study of Disaster Prone Areas of Sindh”.

Under this project, SPDC looked into the gender dimensions of socio-economic vulnerability to climate change among rural communities of disaster prone areas in Sindh; and assessed the adaptive capacity of men and women at community level and the social capital available.

The research project was funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) – Canada.

Rahnuma Health & Educational Development Society (RHEDS), a local organization working in the health and education sector assisted SPDC in organizing the seminar.

Manzoor H. Memon, Economist, SPDC presented the aims and objectives, background and methodology of the study, while Nadeem Ahmed, Principal Economist, SPDC shared the key findings and initiate the dialogue among the participants.

To initiate public debate on the issue at the civil society level, SPDC is having a series of dissemination seminars in selected district. The first of the series has been conducted in District Khairpur on July 28, 2015. The next seminar will be hosted in Hyderabad on August 3, 2015.

SPDC has already conducted the dissemination seminars in all the four disaster prone districts identified for research i.e. Badin, Dadu, Thatta and Tharparkar.

Syed Jawed Shah, Naveed Lashari, Mukhtiar Junejo, Saeed Sangri, Dr Dayali Gul, Zulqarnain Abro and other civil society leaders were present.