The climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time. It threatens our planet, society, and economy.
Climate-related emergencies, such as extreme weather conditions are increasing, which tend to hit women and girls harder because of gender discrimination and harmful social norms. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is a risk that girls are pulled from school to take care of the household, and when there is food stress or water shortage people will marry younger, with a higher percentage of girls ending up in early, forced, and child marriages. Rural women and girls, who are usually given the task of fetching water have to travel further to collect it. Increasing their already heavy workload and putting them at greater risk of gender-based violence. Healthcare is disrupted by erratic weather, eroding the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights, making women and girls more vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis.
Sexual and reproductive health and rights play a crucial role in improving wellbeing, overcoming marginalisation and advancing gender equality. When women and girls have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights they have control over their bodies, and they can address unfair power relations in their lives and lead the response to the climate crisis. If we want to achieve climate justice, sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality have to be prioritised.
Read our factsheet on the linkages between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and the issues included in the European Green Deal.
16 April 2021