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New report: Only 1/3 of countries include measures for women in their national climate plans

The climate crisis is not gender-neutral, and very few countries are doing anything against that. This is the sad conclusion of a new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and Queen Mary University of London.
We already know that climate change disproportionately affects women and is not gender-neutral. The climate policies should address those gaps and impacts. Unfortunately, they do not. Only a third of countries include sexual and reproductive health in their national plans to tackle the climate crisis.
Only 38 out of the 119 that have published their national climate plans include access to contraception, and maternal and newborn health services and just 15 make any reference to violence against women.
๏ปฟPrevious studies have shown that rising temperatures are linked to poorer maternal health and complications during pregnancy. In east and southern Africa, tropical cyclones have damaged health facilities, disrupting access to maternal health services and helping spread waterborne diseases such as cholera. Hurricanes and droughts increase the risks of gender-based violence and child marriage, it added, as families under stress are less able to support daughters and seek to marry them off.
But this situation isn't immutable. There are countries that are taking action and including gender in their climate policies. Whether they specify the need to build climate-resilient health systems allowing women to give birth safely and access health services, or include policies to address gender-based violence, solutions exist and we need now more than ever to include a gender perspective!
โ€œClimate is setting us back on the fight for gender equality. Our point would be to make sure that climate policy recognizes the differential impact on women and takes it into account in the design of policy,โ€ said Angela Baschieri, an adviser on population and development for UNFPA.
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    • winnie nguru

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      Women are the most affected in any tragedy be it political or climate related. Their voices need to be heard and their contribution matters . We should not have men speaking for women at this time and age

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      • johnte ndeto

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        Every gender matters towards climate change

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        • dickson mutai

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          Let's work together to ensure climate action is inclusive and effective

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          • Tabitha Kimani

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            And that could be the reason why solving the climate crisis has taken too long. Generally women are careful of their actions.

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            • George Kariuki

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              The climate crisis is a global problem, and we need a global solution. This solution must include a gender perspective.

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              • Rotich Kim

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                This topic should be made complusy to all government agencies

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                • walter lungayi

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                  They can do more than that.

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                  • Grace Njeri

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                    The climate crisis is not gender neutral.

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                    • rosebellendiritu

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                      @grace_njeri_804 it affects all irregardless

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                      • Marine Stephan

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                        @rosebellendiritu Yes climate change affects all, but it also affects women disproportionally

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                      • Sarah Chabane

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                        This is freaking scary when you know that women and girls are 14 times more likely to die during a climate disaster

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