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Fighting the climate crisis by giving women choice

We can't fight the climate crisis without giving women access to reproductive choice.

Globally, the communities that contribute least to the climate crisis are suffering the most, with women in the Global South bearing the brunt. To build resilience and help fight the climate crisis, we need to protect access to reproductive choice.

For many of the women MSI serves, the climate crisis isn’t something they read about in the news – it is something they experience daily. When drought strikes, they have to walk farther to find water, when crops fail, they struggle to feed their families.

These changes are forcing upheaval, with families facing depleting land and water resources, and women and girls disproportionately hit.

Of the 26 million people estimated to have been displaced by the climate crisis, UNDP estimates that 80% have been women[1]. These women and girls are at higher risk of abuse and exploitation, with one in five facing sexual violence[2]. Yet often during a crisis, while the need for reproductive choice grows, access falls.

Reproductive choice can support women to adapt

For those on the frontline of the climate crisis, reproductive choice can support women to better take care of themselves and their families. If women are facing depleting resources, or community upheaval, access to reproductive choice allows them to guard against unintended pregnancy for as long as they need.

In Senegal, we met a woman who tragically lost her home due to erosion, after the climate crisis caused local sea levels to rise. Facing homelessness, she accessed contraception with MSI, providing her with the ability to avoid unintended pregnancy while establishing a new home for herself and her family.

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Enable women to lead the fight for a sustainable future

With reproductive choice, girls can finish education and pursue their careers, providing more economic stability when facing a disaster. And, with the power to determine the path their life takes, women are more able to take on decision-making roles at a community and national level.

In MSI’s programmes, we have seen that when women have access to contraception, they are more able to participate in community environmental protection efforts. Data shows that when women are able to take on leadership roles in governments[3] and companies[4], they are more likely to make environmentally-conscious decisions, helping to build a more equal and sustainable world for us all.

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Join us in protecting reproductive choice

At MSI, we are doing all we can to deliver reproductive autonomy to the women and girls most impacted by the climate crisis, while using these frontline stories to advocate for a global response.

It costs only £6 per year - or 2 pence / 3 cents per day - for MSI to provide a woman or girl with reproductive choice, giving them the power to decide if or when to become pregnant and determine the path their life takes. We now need your help to protect reproductive choice for women and girls on the frontline of the climate crisis.

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Reproductive choice keeps girls in school, supports women to lead, and helps communities to thrive.

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