Women’s Action towards Climate Resilience for Urban Poor in South Asia: Midline Report
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The Women's Action towards Managing Health Impacts of Climate Change Affecting the Urban Poor in South Asia Project aims to build the resilience capacity of women from slum communities in seven cities of South Asia, to take the lead in action against four climate risks. These four climate stressors – heat waves, flooding and inundation, water scarcity, and increased incidence of water and vector borne diseases – often impact the poor most but are slower‐onset and less apparent than climate disasters and extreme events. The project aims to create a model wherein women take a lead through collective action and technology incubation to devise locally relevant, pro‐poor, and gender sensitive climate resilient solutions. This model will ultimately promote a culture of sustainable development and resilience among the urban poor in South Asia. Success for this project means a demonstration of how women‐led initiatives have built the necessary social capital, policy influence, technical expertise, for poor urban communities to respond effectively to climate change, thereby sustaining their health and livelihood options.