European Parliament links family planning and climate justiceDecember 6, 2017
Excerpt from nEUws: DSW's EU newsletter - edition 331, November 30, 2017
On November 21, the Committee on Development (DEVE) of the European Parliament adopted an opinion on ‘women, gender equality and climate justice’.
Thanks to joint advocacy efforts on behalf of the Margaret Pyke Trust and DSW, in its opinion, DEVE ‘Calls for the identification and reinforcement of specific gender-sensitive strategies that support the gender and social dimensions outlined by the global climate authority, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including voluntary, rights-based family planning as a potential adaptation strategy’.
DEVE further ‘Stresses the need to identify and promote programmatic approaches that have been proven to be gender-responsive, such as population, health and environment (PHE) programmes, among others, that provide an integrated solution to health, gender and environmental challenges, including a response to climate change, and contribute to the achievement of the respective sustainable development goals (SDGs)’.
The opinion will inform the Parliament’s position on this topic, a process led by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), and which will be voted on December 4.