Published Date: Jan 31, 2021
Need for inclusion of vulnerable women migrants in National Socio-Economic Registry stressed
ISLAMABAD-Speakers at a workshop titled ‘Climate induced migration in Pakistan’ organised here by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) stressed upon the need that the vulnerable migrant women must be included in the National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER).
This step would enable them to receive support through national and local level social protection schemes such as Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program, says a press release issued on Saturday. The purpose of the workshop was to create awareness among journalists about reporting on climate change issues.
A group of journalists based in Islamabad attended the workshop.
While highlighting the importance of NSER, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director SDPI, explained to the participants that the females that were forced to migrate (internal displacement) due to climate change, face several issues ranging from a lack of access to health and education, insufficient availability of food and evacuation to bonded labour etc.
“Provision of safe shelters, medicines, food and water during disasters should be the top priority of the government,” Dr Suleri added with a particular reference to vulnerable migrant women.
Maryam Shabbir Abbasi, environmentalist at SDPI, earlier stressed the need for a gender-responsive policy for climate induced female migration. She further added that women face issues of harassment and rape during disasters and these should be controlled by taking measures at a higher level. She also highlighted the plight of pregnant women during the disaster and trauma they go through due to lack of access to healthcare services.
The participants of the workshop highlighted several pertinent issues regarding the topic and presented a way forward based on the research recently conducted by SDPI in collaboration with Climate
Action Network South Asia, as part of the South Asia Migration and Climate project. The project ‘Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes Countries,’ was funded by the European Union through the International Centre for Migration Policy Development.