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Vulnerability of Women, Adolescent Girls and Children to Climate Change in Urban Areas of Bangladesh

Despite having a wealth of information on climate change issues in rural Bangladesh, very little is known on the vulnerability of urban populations. Extreme climatic shocks and climate change induced vulnerabilities in urban areas of Bangladesh often have differentiated impacts on marginalised and vulnerable groups. Among these marginalized groups, we know that women, girls, children, elderly and persons with disabilities remain at the center of impacts. These marginalised groups have a significantly lower capacity to adapt or even to cope with these shocks.

CARE Bangladesh has investigated the impact of climate change on urban marginalized communities, with a focus on growing, actionable knowledge on emerging challenges and opportunities, in particular for women and girls. To analyze the perception of urban populations regarding known hazards, data was collected from four cities, representing different sizes and hydro-geophysical realities across the country.