GHN News: Climate Change Fuels Violence Against Women

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Women plant seeds as part of a project to reforest the Sahel in Niger’s Zinder Region on July 30, 2019.
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The effects of climate change are fueling violence against women and girls, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Deutsche Welle reports.

How is this happening? Some examples the report, which was 1 years in the making:

  • More young girls forced into marriage to help their families survive climate-related disasters.
  • As wells dry up, women travel further to collect water-increasing their exposure to sexual violence.
  • Women forced to exchange sex for a dwindling supply of fish

But funding solutions is a perennial challenge.

The US is the world’s biggest donor to women’s health-but a string of proposed budget cuts threaten those efforts, notes a Think Global Health series. Even though the cuts are consistently rejected by Congress, this uncertainty affects country-level planning every year.

Another piece urges African countries to act on the “lofty declarations” they sign — particularly by addressing the “unacceptable” ratio of maternal mortality.

Related: Climate change could pose ‘catastrophic’ security threat, experts warn – Reuters

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