Issue Brief: Climate Justice and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
An excellent Issue Brief on ‘Climate Justice and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’ have been produced by the Women and Gender Constituency and the SRHR & Climate Justice Coalition.
Climate change, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are inextricably linked. SRHR must be considered as a key component of climate adaptation and resilience action and of climate justice.
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As mentioned in the brief, the realisation of SRHR is crucial for strengthening resilience and improving the adaptive capacity of marginalised people and communities who are already experiencing the disproportionate impacts of climate change. The climate crisis is underpinned by grave injustices, with those who contributed the least to the climate crisis suffering first and worst from its consequences, and with limited access to the resources needed to adapt. This includes the ability to maintain good health and safeguard human rights. Within countries and communities, risks from climate change are greater for people who are socially, economically, culturally, politically, institutionally or otherwise marginalized.
The brief also includes a set of important recommendations/ critical actions at COP26 for Parties to demonstrate their commitment to SRHR, as well as additional resources relevant to the issue.