Climate Change in Bangladesh: Tiger Widows
Thousands of men and women go into the Sundarbans forest in Southern Bangladesh every day to gather honey, collect firewood, or catch fish, putting themselves at great risk for a tiger attack. In almost every village there is a woman or man, commonly referred to as a "Tiger Widow", whose spouse has been a victim of a tiger attack. The men usually re-marry within a few months, but the women do not. As most women are wed when they are still children (usually between the age of 9-14) they have virtually no skills outside the home, and end up living a life of poverty, barely able to support their children.
The Sundarbans forest officials have documented more than 1,000 women who have lost their husbands in tiger attacks.