Climate Change and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Exploring the Linkages

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Although there are considerable gaps in research and evidence linking climate change and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), it is clear that climate change, its impacts, and subsequent efforts to address them have negative effects on SRHR, both directly and indirectly. These negative impacts are most keenly felt by girls and women, as well as individuals who already face multiple barriers to realizing their SRHR. Specifically, adolescents, sex workers, people living with disabilities, and those with underrepresented sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) encounter significant barriers in accessing SRHR information and services, including in humanitarian settings.

To tackle this issue, BALSDA developed a policy brief to urge the government to integrate SRHR into Nigeria’s climate change policy and plans. The aim was to bring about policy changes that would benefit women, girls, and individuals facing multiple barriers in realizing their SRHR.

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  • Knowledge Activation Grants

  • 2021

  • Nigeria

  • Climate change

  • Marginalized groups

  • SRHR access

  • Share-Net International

  • English

  • Policy Brief

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This policy brief can be used by advocates, planners and policymakers in the government and other organizations working in the field of climate change and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally to gain a solid understanding of the reality of the issues and impacts of climate change and SRHR.

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The Balanced Stewardship Development Association (BALSDA)

The Balanced Stewardship Development Association (BALSDA) is an independent national membership, non-governmental, non-profit organization established by a group of stewardship-focused Nigerians.  BALSDA is registered in Nigeria as an incorporated Trustee. As an active leader in Health advocacy and accountability, the association establishes partnerships with other stakeholders in the Health Sector, mobilizes communities, and carries out health policy advocacy, demands accountability in health and supports evidence-based policy analysis and development.

BALSDA was established in 2013 to use Evidence-based Policy Analysis and Development to advocate for reproductive health improvement within the health sector.