SRHR and Climate Justice Coalition

Background

The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Climate Justice (SRHR & CJ) Coalition is a global network of more than 25 organizations committed to collective action and coordinated advocacy to advance SRHR and gender equality in the context of climate change from an intersectionality and climate justice approach.

The coalition emerged from the need to create a space where we can break down silos between the SRHR and the Climate Justice organizations and movements, facilitate knowledge sharing, jointly mobilize, and amplify the voices and priorities of grassroots organizations, led by women, youth, girls, the LGBTQIA+ community, and Indigenous people from the Global South, particularly those most affected by climate change and without continuous access to high-quality SRH services.

Members of this Coalition include representatives of women’s rights, feminist, SRHR and climate justice organizations, movements, advocacy groups, and research and academic institutions.

In July 2021, the SRHR & CJ Coalition submitted a joint commitment at the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), a global gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. The coalition committed to advocate to advance the GEF Action Coalitions commitments on bodily autonomy and SRHR, and feminist action for climate justice for an initial period of 2 years, with the possibility of extending to 5 years. This forum brought together governments, civil society, youth-led groups, UN agencies and the private sector to secure commitments for gender equality.

The work of the newly established SRHR & CJ Coalition will be guided by this Terms of Reference (ToR). The ToR have been drafted by the Coalition convener group in consultation with the member organizations. This document describes the Coalition purpose and objectives, guiding principles and structure.

Purpose and Objectives of the Coalition

The purpose of the SRHR and Climate Justice Coalition is to advocate for SRHR and climate change policies, programs, and funding mechanisms that help advance gender equality, human rights, and climate justice.

To achieve our purpose, the Coalition will:

  • Document the impact of climate change in the access to SRHR, identify gaps in research, programs, funding, and services, and generate and disseminate new evidence to relevant stakeholders. We will use our network to identify communities or groups where sexual and reproductive health has been especially adversely impacted by the climate crisis and seek to provide platforms or where possible opportunities for advocacy for affected individuals, where this is requested.
  • Create collective policy recommendations to influence key climate and SRHR advocacy spaces and international conferences, to advocate for the integration of SRHR in climate policies, programs, and financing mechanisms and to advocate for policy makers and healthcare providers to include the impact of the climate crisis on sexual and reproductive health and equitable access to healthcare in planning and programing.
  • Design campaigns and advocacy strategies in partnership with feminist, indigenous, youth and grassroots movements. We seek to situate our area of concern, SRH, within a bigger vision of a healthier and more equitable world.
  • Promote collaborative exchange and learning opportunities among members and partners to advance SRHR, gender equality and climate justice.

Coalition Structure

The SRHR and Climate Justice Coalition is an open and inclusive space that brings together a diversity of partners and aims to mobilize their collective strengths to advance SRHR and gender equality from a climate justice approach.
This global coalition is currently co-convened by Women Deliver, Ipas and Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), but its coordination may change over time as the coalition works evolved. The main role of the convener organizations is to serve as the organizer and connector of the coalition. The conveners will schedule, arrange, and facilitate coalitions meetings as necessary; share information with coalition members; serve as the primary point of contact for the coalition; and keep track of the coalition advocacy and action plans.

Read the full Terms of Reference

How to join the SRHR Climate Justice Coalition

To join the Coalition you need to fill in our application form through which your organization endorses the terms of references and provides information about your work, resources and needs. Once your application is reviewed you will be added to the SRHR Climate Justice Coalition.

Step 1) Please review and endorse our principles before joining the coalition.

Step 2) Please fill in this form to become a member.

Step 3) Once your application has been reviewed for completeness you will be added as a member to the members list in the ToR

If you have questions prior to joining, do not agree to the principles, please list your questions in the comment box at the end of the application form.

Resources

Please find all resources created by members of the Coalition below.

Climate change, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are inextricably linked. SRHR must be considered as a key component of climate adaptation and resilience action and of climate justice. Read the full ISSUE BRIEF Climate Justice and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights by the the Women and Gender Constituency and the SRHR & Climate Justice Coalition for COP26.