ARROW has recognized that as the world continues to experience incremental yet unpredictable climate change, the inter-linkages with sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is an emerging issue that needs to be addressed in the context of sustainable development. The links between SRH and climate change are complex and indirect, and yet there is a resurgence of the population discourse that attempts to make simplistic connections between climate change and population growth.
Climate change is fast becoming an important challenge for the international community. Its effects go beyond the environment and have socio-economic and political consequences, exacerbating existing issues of poverty and inequities. It may have profound implications for social justice and gender equality, and could significantly impact on human health.
To help develop the positioning of SRHR and women’s rights activists on the issue, we conducted a scoping study in select island and coastal countries in Asia (Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines) to examine linkages between climate change and sexual and reproductive health; assess solutions beyond a limited focus on population growth; and identify areas of policy and programme interventions in climate change adaptation and advocacy work specifically related to improving women’s health and SRHR. Following this, we have initiated a regional partnership that is exploring interlinkages between SRHR and climate change.