While navigating the climate crisis, we need to offer women and girls reproductive choice.
Globally, the communities that contribute least to the climate crisis are suffering the most, with women in low- and middle-income countries bearing the brunt. To support women on the frontline of the crisis to adapt, we need to protect access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights.
It is an injustice that the communities that have contributed least to the climate crisis are suffering the most from its impacts. Water scarcity, rising sea levels, and increasing crop failures and flooding are disproportionately affecting low- and middle-income countries.
Evidence shows that women and girls are hardest hit. Facing gendered discrimination, lower incomes and poorer access to food and other resources, the UN has warned that women and girls will suffer for longer and more severely from climate shocks and disasters.
The World Bank estimates that climate change could displace more than 216 million people by 2050. In humanitarian settings, where one in five women and girls report experiencing sexual violence, the need for sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights becomes more acute, yet access to quality care falls.
When facing climate disruptions, like any humanitarian emergency, it is essential that women have access to reproductive choice, enabling them to prevent unintended pregnancies while navigating the crisis.
For many women accessing healthcare with MSI, the climate crisis is a daily reality. When drought hits, they need to walk further to find water and when harvests fail, they can struggle to feed their families. To support them to adapt, whether that’s re-locating or re-entering the workforce to support family income, women and girls have made clear that they want reproductive choice.
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.Join our community - sign up for updates
If we are going to solve the climate crisis, we need to ensure that climate action is gender-responsive and that women and girls can take part in finding the solutions.
With reproductive choice, girls are better able to finish their education and pursue their careers, providing them with economic stability when facing a disaster. And with reproductive autonomy, women are also better placed to take on decision-making roles at a community and national level, ensuring women have a seat at the table in finding climate solutions.Donate to enable women to lead
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.