Migration and women: the lives and tragedies
UN Women

As part of the flagship project, Reducing Vulnerability of Women Affected by Climate Change through Viable Livelihood Options, UN Women Bangladesh has been exploring the impacts of migration on women caused by climate change-related phenomena. Together with research partners, the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), UN Women studied 10 districts in three different eco-zones in Bangladesh to understand the district-specific implications that women face due to male migratory trends.

The stories that women shared with the research team show some of the issues those who remain behind in the migration process are confronted with; work-related stress, increased childcare and household burdens, high occurrence of poor health issues, and the very real threats of physical and sexual violence.

The study found that migration can help families to stay afloat, and also improve their financial condition. In a disaster-stricken country like Bangladesh, migration is becoming a common adaptation strategy to the impacts of climate change. But there is a vital need to support those who migrate as well as those who remain behind. UN Women has released the results of the BCAS migration study that investigates the migratory trends, the issues, and offers policy recommendations for government, and the private sector, to support the gendered dimensions of migration.