9 March 2

The Climate Crisis is not Gender Neutral - Gender, Climate Change and SRHR

On 9 March 2020, following the International Women’s Day, Norway & UNFPA, together with partners, are organising a panel discussion to explore interlinkages between climate change, gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and the actions needed to respond to these challenges.

Ms Monica Ferro, Director, Geneva Office, UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

Ambassador Hans Brattskar, Permanent Representative, Norway

Ms Marie-Claire Graf, Global Youth Advocate, Swiss UNFCCC delegate 

Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative, Fiji 

Ambassador Keva Lorraine Bain, Permanent Representative, Bahamas


Climate change affects all, but women and girls are disproportionately impacted. Women are more likely to live in poverty, less likely to own land and often carry the responsibility of caring for children and elderly. While structural inequalities will persist, risk factors and vulnerabilities are exacerbated. In humanitarian contexts, this translates into dwindling resources and increased exposure to risks of gender-based violence, as well as reduced access to sexual and reproductive health services.  Nonetheless, it is critical to recognize that women are also central agents for change, also in the climate change agenda, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation actions.

We hope you will join us for the discussion on 9 March!

Refreshments from 10.15 am outside Room XI.


9 March 2020, Room XI, A-building, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Panel discussion on Gender, Climate and SRHR