Research has linked climate change and reproductive rights, as demonstrated by the increased exposure of women to sexual assault as they collect firewood or search for water. Such sexualized violence is prevalent in women-led rural households and highly vulnerable settings. For example, humanitarian contexts, slums, and arid areas have high rates of sexual violence due to water scarcity and poor lighting as women and adolescent girls travel long distances to access water. From an African socio-cultural context, fetching water and firewood are mainly feminine roles. Thus, energy distribution and water scarcity associated with climate change interact with gender dynamics to provide a setting for enacting sexualized violence. Freedom from sexual violence is an integral aspect of reproductive justice, a state where people have bodily autonomy and live in a safe and healthy environment that protects and upholds their reproductive rights and decisions. The question that arises is - can green projects, including the EU Green Deal, address climate change in a manner that addresses the associated sexual and reproductive justice issues in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Climate Change and Poverty
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Loss and damage support was one of the key demands of African states and other developing countries at the 27th meeting of the conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27). On November 20, 2022, a deal on L&D funding was announced. The development has been described as a “breakthrough”, “historical”, and “landmark” agreement. This however raises important questions for developing countries. To what extent do these new initiatives worsen the indebtedness of developing countries, constrain their fiscal space, and generally make it more difficult for such countries to thrive?
November 18, 2022
November 15, 2022
Treating climate change as a small subset of environmental issues which are then treated as if they can be balanced against economic or social concerns is highly problematic in a time of climate crisis. It is to be hoped that the final text of the ALIC Zero Draft will endeavour to more seriously grapple with the implications of climate crisis for agricultural land investment contracts, and pay close attention to the findings of the IPCC CCLR.