Climate change is one of the defining crises of our time, and people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are affected by this crisis. The effects of climate change amount to a global public health, economic, humanitarian, and gender equality disaster.
The rapidly changing climate will affect every aspect of human life. From increased flooding in Bangladesh to desertification in Nigeria, climate change is already affecting many marginalized populations across the world. Climate events have already created millions of climate migrants in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, expanding the number of crisis settings and the need for humanitarian relief around the world.
Sexual and reproductive health services are often “invisible” when compared with food and emergency medicine in humanitarian relief efforts and crisis settings, yet services such as contraception and abortion are also critical and time sensitive. At Ipas, our teams are working to ensure these services are available.
And as communities increasingly face the need to prepare for and respond to increasing climate emergencies and to create holistic strategies to mitigate the effects on their populations, we want to be sure that women and girls are part of the solutions—because they are impacted the most.
NEW RESEARCH IS IN:
Climate change impacts women’s sexual and reproductive health
The Ipas Impact Network recognizes the urgency of the climate crisis as a human, environmental, social, and political threat to sustainable development and the fulfillment of human rights. We strive to embody principles and practices that reflect our commitment to advancing justice in all its forms. This includes examining the carbon footprint of our operations and taking steps across our network to reduce carbon emissions considerably—to achieve Net Zero by 2050.
Learn why we need women-led climate justice
In coastal Bangladesh, climate change devastates women’s reproductive health
NBC News cites Ipas research that shows climate change is directly and indirectly impacting “women’s sexual health, pregnancy outcomes, contraceptive use and fertility intentions in Bangladesh and Mozambique, two climate-vulnerable countries.”
The Potential of Self-Managed Abortion to Expand Abortion Access in Humanitarian Contexts
Connecting the Dots: Climate change adaptation, reproductive justice & resilient health care