Climate crisis is ‘not gender neutral’: UN calls for more policy focus on women
(The Guardian, 10 Oct 2023) Only a third of countries with climate crisis plans include access to sexual, maternal and newborn health services, UNFPA report finds.
Only a third of countries include sexual and reproductive health in their national plans to tackle the climate crisis, the UN has warned.
Of the 119 countries that have published plans, only 38 include access to contraception, maternal and newborn health services and just 15 make any reference to violence against women, according to a report published by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and Queen Mary University of London on Tuesday.
The report is the first to examine whether climate plans refer to sexual and reproductive health.
It calls on more countries to recognise the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on women and girls, and for more action.
Rising temperatures have been linked to poorer maternal health and complications during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes. Extreme heat has been associated with triggering earlier deliveries and an increase in stillbirths.