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Pakistani women scale the heights in rescue teams

18 February 2021

In Pakistan, the communities of Gilgit-Baltistan are among those most affected by climate change, said Salmanuddin Shah, Head of the emergency management department at the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH). AKAH has trained 50,000 volunteers, half of them women, in community-based disaster risk management since it was founded as Focus Pakistan in 1998. Reflecting upon the importance of the work of AKAH last year, Prince Rahim, Chair of AKDN’s Environment and Climate Committee said: "For decades the AKDN has been working with vulnerable communities to improve quality of life and reduce disaster risk. Today in the face of the climate crisis, understanding and mitigating these risks is even more urgent. Only by helping these communities adapt and thrive in harmony with their often-precarious habitat can we hope to mitigate the effects of climate change."