Floods in Bangladesh
Women will be key movers in supporting Islamic Relief’s global initiative to save lives and livelihoods in disasters, Islamic Relief Bangladesh’s Niger Dil Nahar told our staff from around the world, on day four of Islamic Relief’s Global Resilience exchange event in Dhaka.
“Most agencies see women as vulnerable victims of disasters, but we recognise them as the first responders,” says Niger, who has ten years’ experience in this kind of work. “We try to support them as the natural leaders of their families and communities. It is women that prepare dried food and preserve assets and important documents for their families before disasters strike.”
Niger was speaking at Islamic Relief’s first Global Resilience Learning Exchange, which aims to spread disaster resilience skills across the world. Staff visited Sirajganj district, where vulnerable members of the community have been raised on a plinth so floods can’t reach them. Villagers are planting flood-resistant varieties of rice and finding new ways to make a living.
To find out more about Islamic Relief’s work in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) read our report ‘Feeling the heat’.