Whether a natural calamity or a pandemic, women and young girls are always the most vulnerable and affected population. “The recent floods in Pakistan created a massive disruption in girls’ education but this isn’t the only problem for girls. There are serious security concerns in the relief camps which have forced the parents to marry off their young daughters. The parents had no other choice but to shift the burden of their responsibilities to others.”
These were the views shared by Amima Sayeed, Chairperson of Pakistan Coalition for Education in our recent episode of the podcast series “Let’s Talk Education”.
She further added that “Education is important, especially during emergencies but the most important step during any relief activity is to ensure that the affected population is able to feel a sense of normality before anything else. Their grief is too deep for anyone to understand and the relief efforts should involve counseling sessions, we need to speak with them to provide them encouragement.”
In the same episode, we were also joined by Yasir Husain, a Nature campaigner. His message was simple and straightforward, the need to understand that whether it’s a pandemic or a natural calamity, the most affected population is women and young girls. Whether it’s their education or health, it is observed that the least attention is provided to women.
“It is very important to understand that people affected by any disaster include old people, young people, women, young girls, and boys. As they all have different needs, it is important to consider gender and age when providing support.” Yasir further shed light on how relief efforts should take place, an emergency response shouldn’t weigh everyone on the same scale rather needs a detailed mapping of the affected population and then provide support to everyone’s needs which obviously is different. A woman does not need the same help or facilities as required by a man.
“کوئی بھی قدرتی آفت ہو یا موسمیاتی تبدیلی کی وجہ سے حالیہ سیلابوں جیسی صورتحال، اس سے خواتین ہمیشہ سب سے زیادہ متاثر ہوتی ہیں۔” یاسر حسین، دریا لیب In Collaboration with Pakistan Coalition for Education – PCE #letstalkeducation
Posted by Bolo Jawan on Wednesday, October 19, 2022