Karachi, 10 March 2022 (TDI): At Tor Island, Port Qasim, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Pakistan, celebrated International Women’s Day.

The celebration was organized in collaboration with its signatory organizations Human Resource Development Network (HRDN), Health And Nutrition Society (HANDS), and National Rural Support Programme (NRSP). HRDN members as well as IUCN staff members took part in this activity.

According to a press statement, the participants planted mangrove saplings of the Rhizophora species to commemorate International Women’s Day 2022. Robeela Bangash, HRDN’s Chief Executive Officer, addressed the participants about the significance of the day.

Moreover, she highlighted the benefits of mangroves in protecting the coast. “She said, planting saplings will benefit the generations to come”.

Dr. Babar Hussain, Coordinator, Coastal Ecosystem, IUCN Pakistan, delivered a speech to the attendees regarding IUCN’s mangrove plantation and restoration initiatives, which have spanned more than three decades.

He even recognized the volunteers’ participation by planting mangrove seedlings on International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration of women’s performance and contribution in the fields of social, economic, cultural, and political aspects.

The exercise was part of the Climate Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP) project’s awareness and capacity-building activities. With a preparatory grant from the Green Climate Fund, IUCN Pakistan is assisting the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, in drafting the first National Climate Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP).

Forest and biodiversity, integrated coastal management, disaster risk reduction, agriculture and food security, water and sanitation, and energy and transportation are among the six priority sectors covered by ccGAP.

‘BreakTheBias’ was the campaign’s theme for International Women’s Day 2022. Bias, either intentional or unconscious, makes it difficult for women to advance. “Just being aware of prejudice isn’t enough” and “action is required to level the playing field.”

The day also serves as a rallying point for advancing gender equality. Internationally, there is a lot of activity as people get together to celebrate this day and to recognize the achievements of the shining stars.