Sex, rights, gender in the age of climate change

Publish Year : 2017
Thematic Area: Climate Change Adaptation, Governance, Human Rights
Geographic Area: Regional
Author(s): ARROW


This regional brief examines and dissects the impact of climate change on women’s and girls’ SRR, including their right to have access to quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Even during climate extreme events, the SRR of women and girls deserve to be recognised, respected and fulfilled. These include the rights to: bodily integrity; choice of partner; consensual marriage; consensual sexual relations; decisions on number, timing and spacing of children; as well as freedom from coercion, discrimination and violence. We provide some recommendations on how to address and minimise adverse outcomes for women and girls with a rights-based gendered approach to addressing climate change.