ARROW and Partners’ Oral Statement at the CSW66 General Discussion

This oral statement was delivered live at the General Discussion of the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on behalf of 43 civil society organisations from the Global South, including ARROW’s partners. Watch a live recording of the statement.

Thank you.

I am making this statement on behalf of the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) and 43 civil society organisations from the Global South. We welcome the priority theme of the 66th Session of the Commission.

Asia and the Pacific region is at the forefront of experiencing the impact of climate change and the resulting disasters. Studies by ARROW and partners in the region reveal the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women, young people and non-binary persons. The impact of climate change is not gender-neutral. Existing structural and social inequalities, of which gender inequality is foremost, are amplified during climate change and climate disasters. The capacity and vulnerability of women and girls vary depending on age, ethnicity, marital and socio-economic status, minority status and educational levels.

The four parameters of justice – equity, access, participation, rights are deeply skewed against women and girls during climate change. Equity to claim resources is hampered. Access to education and health services and other social services is compromised. Our participation in decision-making – at household, community and national levels is not fully realised. Across all countries, women and girls have not been granted our full rights, and as such the institutions and structures of society are still underpinned by patriarchal norms.

In particular, sexual and reproductive health and rights deteriorate further in the context of climate change. A reversion to early age marriage, rise in sexual and gender-based violence, increase in care burden at the household level are realities for women and girls. Even the key SRHR services – contraceptives, safe abortion services, maternal health and delivery services, comprehensive sexuality education – are largely missing in the current environment and climate discourses. The gender-specific needs of women and young people in all our diversities to adapt and build resilience to climate change have been deprioritised.

With this, we call on Member States to take the following key actions:

  • Recognise that gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to development, environmental sustainability and achievement of the SDGs, Beijing Platform for Action and ICPD PoA;
  • Uphold SRHR and acknowledge its co-benefits in contributing to climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience;
  • Recognise women in all our diversities as agents of change and ensure our meaningful participation in the planning, financing and implementation of climate responses including in mitigation and adaptation initiatives at all levels, at all times;
  • Ensure that national policies, programming and budget related to climate change and disaster risk reduction incorporate gender mainstreaming and SRHR and include gender-differentiated impact analysis of climate change disasters and gender equality.

Endorsing organisations:

  1. Asia-Pacific Climate Project
  2. Association of Youth NGOs in Nepal (AYON), Nepal
  3. BAPSA, Bangladesh
  4. Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal
  5. Blue Diamond Society, Nepal
  6. CDS Park, Mugu, Nepal
  7. Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP), Vietnam
  8. Centre for Social Policy Development, Pakistan
  9. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), Philippines
  10. Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP)
  11. End FC Singapore
  12. Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities in Nepal (FSGMN), Nepal
  13. Gravity Development Organisation, Pakistan
  14. Hope for Women, Maldives
  15. Indonesian Red Cross (PMI)
  16. Justice for Sisters (JFS), Malaysia
  17. Kalyanamitra, Indonesia
  18. Local Environment Development and Agricultural Research Society (LEDARS), Bangladesh
  19. Love Matters India
  20. Musawah
  21. Naripokkho, Bangladesh
  22. Perkumpulan Lintas Feminis Jakarta (Jakarta Feminist), Indonesia
  23. Pamflet Generasi, Indonesia
  24. Pravah, India
  25. Participatory Research & Action Network (PRAAN), Bangladesh
  26. Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC)
  27. Rutgers Indonesia
  28. SAHAYOG, India
  29. Sanggar SWARA, Indonesia
  30. Shelter Participatory Organization (SPO), Pakistan
  31. Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre, Pakistan
  32. Sisters in Islam, Malaysia
  33. Turning Point Foundation Bangladesh
  34. University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR
  35. Visible Impact, Nepal
  36. WeSpeakOut, India
  37. Wreetu Health and Well-Being Foundation, Bangladesh
  38. Women with Disabilities Development Foundation (WDDF), Bangladesh
  39. Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan (YKP), Indonesia
  40. Youth Association for Development (YAD), Pakistan
  41. Youth Interfaith and Forum on Sexuality (YIFoS), Indonesia
  42. YUWA, Nepal
  43.  Yuwalaya, Nepal

Vietnam

  • Centre for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP)

Indonesia

  • Aliansi Satu Visi (ASV);
  • CEDAW Working Group;
  • Hollaback! Jakarta;
  • Institut Kapal Perempuan;
  • Kalyanamitra;
  • Komnas Perempuan;
  • Remaja Independen Papua/Independent Youth
    Forum Papua (FRIP/IYFP);
  • Perkumpulan Keluarga Berencana Indonesia (PKBI);
  • Perkumpulan Lintas Feminis Jakarta;
  • Perkumpulan Pamflet Generasi;
  • RUTGERS Indonesia;
  • Sanggar SWARA;
  • Women on Web;
  • Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan (YKP); 
  • YIFOS Indonesia

Maldives

  • Hope for Women
  • Society for Health Education (SHE)
ARROW and Partners’ Oral Statement at the CSW66 General Discussion

This oral statement was delivered live at the General Discussion of the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on behalf of 43 civil society organisations from the Global South, including ARROW’s partners. Watch a live recording of the statement.

Thank you.

I am making this statement on behalf of the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) and 43 civil society organisations from the Global South. We welcome the priority theme of the 66th Session of the Commission.

Asia and the Pacific region is at the forefront of experiencing the impact of climate change and the resulting disasters. Studies by ARROW and partners in the region reveal the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women, young people and non-binary persons. The impact of climate change is not gender-neutral. Existing structural and social inequalities, of which gender inequality is foremost, are amplified during climate change and climate disasters. The capacity and vulnerability of women and girls vary depending on age, ethnicity, marital and socio-economic status, minority status and educational levels.

The four parameters of justice – equity, access, participation, rights are deeply skewed against women and girls during climate change. Equity to claim resources is hampered. Access to education and health services and other social services is compromised. Our participation in decision-making – at household, community and national levels is not fully realised. Across all countries, women and girls have not been granted our full rights, and as such the institutions and structures of society are still underpinned by patriarchal norms.

In particular, sexual and reproductive health and rights deteriorate further in the context of climate change. A reversion to early age marriage, rise in sexual and gender-based violence, increase in care burden at the household level are realities for women and girls. Even the key SRHR services – contraceptives, safe abortion services, maternal health and delivery services, comprehensive sexuality education – are largely missing in the current environment and climate discourses. The gender-specific needs of women and young people in all our diversities to adapt and build resilience to climate change have been deprioritised.

With this, we call on Member States to take the following key actions:

  • Recognise that gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to development, environmental sustainability and achievement of the SDGs, Beijing Platform for Action and ICPD PoA;
  • Uphold SRHR and acknowledge its co-benefits in contributing to climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience;
  • Recognise women in all our diversities as agents of change and ensure our meaningful participation in the planning, financing and implementation of climate responses including in mitigation and adaptation initiatives at all levels, at all times;
  • Ensure that national policies, programming and budget related to climate change and disaster risk reduction incorporate gender mainstreaming and SRHR and include gender-differentiated impact analysis of climate change disasters and gender equality.

Endorsing organisations:

  1. Asia-Pacific Climate Project
  2. Association of Youth NGOs in Nepal (AYON), Nepal
  3. BAPSA, Bangladesh
  4. Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal
  5. Blue Diamond Society, Nepal
  6. CDS Park, Mugu, Nepal
  7. Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP), Vietnam
  8. Centre for Social Policy Development, Pakistan
  9. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), Philippines
  10. Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP)
  11. End FC Singapore
  12. Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities in Nepal (FSGMN), Nepal
  13. Gravity Development Organisation, Pakistan
  14. Hope for Women, Maldives
  15. Indonesian Red Cross (PMI)
  16. Justice for Sisters (JFS), Malaysia
  17. Kalyanamitra, Indonesia
  18. Local Environment Development and Agricultural Research Society (LEDARS), Bangladesh
  19. Love Matters India
  20. Musawah
  21. Naripokkho, Bangladesh
  22. Perkumpulan Lintas Feminis Jakarta (Jakarta Feminist), Indonesia
  23. Pamflet Generasi, Indonesia
  24. Pravah, India
  25. Participatory Research & Action Network (PRAAN), Bangladesh
  26. Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC)
  27. Rutgers Indonesia
  28. SAHAYOG, India
  29. Sanggar SWARA, Indonesia
  30. Shelter Participatory Organization (SPO), Pakistan
  31. Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre, Pakistan
  32. Sisters in Islam, Malaysia
  33. Turning Point Foundation Bangladesh
  34. University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR
  35. Visible Impact, Nepal
  36. WeSpeakOut, India
  37. Wreetu Health and Well-Being Foundation, Bangladesh
  38. Women with Disabilities Development Foundation (WDDF), Bangladesh
  39. Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan (YKP), Indonesia
  40. Youth Association for Development (YAD), Pakistan
  41. Youth Interfaith and Forum on Sexuality (YIFoS), Indonesia
  42. YUWA, Nepal
  43.  Yuwalaya, Nepal

Morocco

  • Association Marocaine de Planification Familiale (AMPF),
  • Morocco Family Planning Association

India

  • CommonHealth;
  • Love Matters India;
  • Pravah;
  • Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC);
  • SAHAYOG;
  • Sahaj;
  • Sahiyo;
  • SAMA – Resource Group for Women and Health;
  • WeSpeakOut;
  • The YP Foundation (TYPF)

Lao PDR

  • Lao Women’s Union;
  • The Faculty of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Health
    Sciences (UHS)

Sri Lanka

  • Bakamoono;
  • Women and Media Collective (WMC),
  • Youth Advocacy Network – Sri Lanka (YANSL)

Malaysia

  • Federation of Reproductive Health Associations of Malaysia (FRHAM);
  • Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG);
  • Justice for Sisters (JFS);
  • Reproductive Health Association of
    Kelantan (ReHAK);
  • Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM);
  • Sisters in Islam (SIS)

Maldives

  • Hope for Women;
  • Society for Health Education (SHE)

Myanmar

  • Colourful Girls Organization;
  • Green Lotus Myanmar

Nepal

  • Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC);
  • Blind Youth Association of Nepal;
  • Blue Diamond Society (BDS);
  • Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA);
  • Visible Impact;
  • Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC);
  • YPEER Nepal;
  • YUWA

Pakistan

  • Aahung, Centre for Social Policy Development (CSPD);
  • Forum for Dignity Initiative (FDI);
  • Gravity Development Organization; Green Circle Organization;
  • Indus Resources Center (IRC);
  • Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aaghai (ITA);
  • Rehnuma – Family Planning Association Pakistan;
  • Shelter
    Participatory Organisation;
  • Shirkat Gah;
  • The Enlight Lab

Philippines

  • Democratic Socalist Women of the Philippines (DSWP);
  • Galang;
  • Healthcare Without Harm;
  • Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities;
  • Likhaan Centre for Women’s Health;
  • Nisa UI Haqq Fi Bangsamoro;
  • PATH Foundation Inc. (PFPI);
  • Women’s Global Network for
    Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

Singapore

  • End Female Genital Cutting Singapore
  • Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

Mongolia

  • MONFEMNET National Network