The study seeks to investigate the possible linkages and opportunities for action on climate change in connection with sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Malaysia with a focus on voices from the indigenous women of Sarawak. These discussions illustrates how these perceptions are shaped and if, it supports or undermine women’s concerns as well as leadership in climate change issues.
The investigation towards the key questions was conducted through interviews, discussions and observation from these activities. The study primarily used secondary data from reports, statistics, social media platforms such blogs and Facebook sites particularly of specialised NGOs. A community consultation was organised in Sarawak with indigenous women leaders to hear the voices of affected communities. Sarawak was chosen as it is one of the states with a high population of indigenous communities with more than 40 sub- ethnic groups whose resilience are at risk from increased vulnerability due to the extensive land-use changes and climate change.
The hypothesis of this scoping study is that issues of knowledge, resilience and vulnerability are gendered by norms in society. This affects the recognition of climate-related issues including the coping strategies of impacted communities. The framework of analysis used is an adaption of the PATH Framework (PFPI, 2015, Figure 2, p.10) developed from D’Agnes and Margoluis (2007, Figure 3, p.23). This framework provides the inter-linkages of population, health, environment and climate change factors, that ultimately affect people’s livelihoods, in particular how persistent gender inequalities reduces women’s participation in decision making and climate change dialogues. The framework provides insights faced by the participants through their lived experiences. This is important as this process also identifies the entry points for the advocacy needs and priorities for advocacy.