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The photo story book “From Where I stand” is a tribute to the gender equality champions who made exemplary efforts in reducing risks and shaping a sustainable future. It is an initiative under the National Resilience Programme (NRP) with the Government of Bangladesh to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in national disaster risk reduction policies and practices. The programme is supported by the Government of Sweden and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
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Women and girls are part of the most vulnerable groups in times of humanitarian crisis such as COVID-19. To ensure all the information and available support are accessible to all, we need to ensure women’s representation and voices are visible at the decision-making level.
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Women and girls face even more violence in times of humanitarian crises, such as this moment with COVID- 19 and past outbreaks when movement is restricted. Violence against women has been called a “shadow pandemic” because it has huge consequences on the health and well-being of women and girls, but they often suffer in the shadows which has socio-economic costs that will last beyond the pandemic.
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[Stories of Rohingya women seeking refuge in Cox’s Bazar] Since late August 2017, more than 715,000 Rohingya’s have fled Burma’s Rakhine State to escape the military’s large-scale campaign of ethnic cleansing. UN Women Bangladesh, through the development of this photo book, documents the resilience and transformation of Rohingya women in the crisis response in Cox’s Bazar, along with human interest stories that demonstrate strength, agency and leadership.
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Every day, come early afternoon, the Dangals take a walk back to the spot where their house used to be before the earthquake: today a cherry blossom tree is in full bloom next to a pile of rubble. “This is where our house used to be,” says Bishnu Maya, who is unable to rebuild because they don’t have enough money. But hope lives on. One day Bishnu Maya is hopeful she will be able to go back to her old life, her home, and bring her family together again...