November 2 at 16-17 in Vivi Täckholmssalen (Q room/Q211), the NPQ house, Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A, followed by fika/mingle 17-17:30

Camelia Dewan:

This talk gives an example of how climate change and development have gendered effects, from Lonanodi village, a saline village in Bangladesh’s coastal zone. It highlights the history of how Lonanodi came to be a barren, saline desert through the capitalist relations developed under the 1980s ‘Blue Revolution’, where customary rights to wild fisheries were replaced by privatised wetlands for export-oriented profits. I then explore the gendered impact of tiger prawn cultivation on the labour market and how it is a significant contributor to outmigration. Thereafter I problematise the view of climate change as the sole, or inevitable, cause of salinity in the coastal zone. I conclude that salinity is as much man-made as it is seasonal, and that the highly unequal land use practice of brackish aquaculture has an extremely negative impact on local livelihoods, particularly for women.

A Seminar Series on Gender/Gender Equality and the Natural Sciences by The Gender Academy at Stockholm University.