Why women are footing the bill for climate: lessons from Bangladesh

Date: Thursday, 19 May 2022
Where: Online
Two women walk along a ridge alongside an expanse of water.

Women walking by a pond in Khulna, Bangladesh. The damage to crops and fish ponds resulted in many residents losing their jobs (Photo: Felix Clay/Duckrabbit via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This webinar explored the intersection of climate and gender inequality and the financial burden of climate adaptation on women.

Over the past decade, more than two billion people around the world have been impacted by climate-related disasters. Exposure to climate risks causes considerable damage to the assets and livelihood opportunities for many households. The associated financial burden disproportionally impacts people, particularly women, living in climate-vulnerable places.

Reflecting on the findings of a new study on household expenditure in Bangladesh, this IIED Debates event explored the intersection of climate and gender inequality and what is needed to alleviate the financial burden of climate adaptation.

Climate-related disasters such as storms, cyclones, floods, droughts and extreme heat or extreme cold put millions of lives at risk each year. The number of people affected by these climate events has more than tripled since the 1970s.


Juliette Tunstall (, internal engagement and external events officer, IIED's Communications Group