Girls’ agency at the crest of the climate crisis

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In rural coastal Bangladesh, girls face significant challenges balancing domestic, school, and work responsibilities, exacerbated by the climate crisis. Despite systemic hurdles like economic inequality, cultural norms, and limited transportation, many maintain good grades and aspire to careers like nursing. The Learning and Action Alliance for Girls’ Agency (LAAGA) and the Education and Cultural Society (ECS) conducted research in Feni district, revealing that girls’ agency requires a systemic, cross-sectoral approach. Girls learn agency through community role models and media, but face societal stigmas and limited opportunities. Importantly, the research emphasizes including girls as researchers and policy experts to define their own solutions. Check out the full article to explore how these findings aim to empower girls in marginalized communities.