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Mother’s Parliament gets ‘Water Change Maker Award’

A Bangladeshi programme, ‘Mother’s Parliament’, has won the ‘Water Change Makers Award 2020’ by obtaining the first place in the ‘people’s choice’ category of the International Water Network: Global Water Partnership (GWP).

The announcement was made recently at the two-day global event ‘Climate Action Summit 2020’ of Netherlands in presence of world leaders and local partners, said a press release on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina virtually attended the conference and delivered her speech.

According to Global Water Partnership (GWP), “The grassroots water advocacy ‘Mother Parliament’ program was one of 350 applications for changemakers activities from around the world till June 2020”.

The ‘Mother’s Parliament program’, run by non-governmental organisation Development Organization of the Rural Poor (DORP), has been working in partnership with the ‘HELVITAS Swiss Inter-cooperation’ on the south-west coast of Bangladesh with the initiative to adapt to climate change.

Mothers’ parliament members work to tackle rising salinity and flooding in their area due to climate change.

The Jury board selected 139 initiatives Mother’s Parliament by verifying the authenticity of the programmes. Bangladesh was also included in this selected list. Then, in the second round of last September’2020, the ‘Mother’s Parliament’ programme also took place in the list of 78 inspiring semi-finalists.

The honours board of 12 finalists was announced by the jury board after evaluation. In this event, the ‘Mother’s Parliament’ programme has become the champion in the ‘People’s Choice’ category through online voting.

Mohammad Zobair Hasan, research director of DORP, said the ‘Ma Sangsad’ (‘Mother Parliament’) has been working to establish the rights of getting safe and clean water for grassroots ordinary people. “I believe that the recognition of the ‘Ma Sangsad’ (Mother Parliament) programme in the world court will accelerate the recovery process of the damage caused by climate change.”

DORP is implementing the ‘Panii Jibon’ project with the partnership assistance of HELVITAS Swiss Inter-cooperation in Morelganj of Bagerhat, Paikgachha and Koyra upazilas of Khulna.

Through this project, the mother’s parliament is playing an incredible role in solving the problem of potable water at the local level. Members of the ‘Mother Parliament’ are playing an active role in meeting the needs for safe water of the locals due to the impact of climate change and increasing the budget allocation of the local government in the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.

Source: United News of Bangladesh