The realisation of the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls and the advancement of gender equality are inherently linked to sustainable population and climate change. It is well documented that women and girls are most affected by climate vulnerability, and that their reproductive health and rights are negatively impacted by climate change. In this paper, we propose that providing reproductive choice can improve the health and resilience of women and their communities, enhancing their ability to prepare for and adapt to climate change. Providing family planning to women wishing to delay or cease child bearing can also contribute to sustainable population growth, decrease consumption and lower emissions. As a practical solution to climate challenges, sexual and reproductive health interventions should be integrated into climate change and development programs, particularly in areas vulnerable to climate change such as the Asia Pacific region.
Source: Marie Stopes International Australia