European Parliament report links Family Planning and climate

January 29, 2018


On 16 January 2018, the plenary of the European Parliament (EP) voted on the report of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) titled “Women, gender equality and climate justice”. The Committee on Development (DEVE) of the EU Parliament had previously adopted the Opinion in November 2017 and we are very pleased to announce that the report adopted retained the language on the importance of gender-responsive approaches such as Population, Health and Environment Programmes, as proposed by the Margaret Pyke Trust and PSN member, DSW.

The report adopted by the EU Parliament includes the opinion of the EP Development Committee (DEVE) which:

-‘Urge[s] the need to identify and promote programmatic approaches that have been proven to be gender-responsive such as Population, Health and Environment Programmes (PHE) (among others), that provide an integrated solution to health, gender and environmental challenges, including climate change response and contribute to the achievement of the respective SDGs’.
-‘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.’

The resolution passed with 485 votes in favour, 117 votes against and 20 abstentions.

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