When it comes to the public conversation about sustainable development, we can’t tell the story with only half the world’s population. Women’s voices are key – and women must have a seat at the table. Earlier this week I was honored to join Musimbi Kanyoro of the Global Fund for Women
and Carmen Barroso of International Planned Parenthood Federation
to brief bloggers and reporters
about the linkages between sex and sustainability. The three of us are heading down to the landmark Rio+20
conference to track the inclusion of reproductive health and rights in the sustainable development agenda.
Some highlights from our call:
Musimbi and Carmen will be speaking at a number of high-profile events and making the case for women’s empowerment. I’ll be blogging and tweeting from the conference, keeping our readers up to date with the growing buzz around the linkages between women’s health and a sustainable future.
- Musimbi noted that though the linkages between the environment – particularly climate change – and reproductive health issues can be contentious, we must remember that we are talking about real people with real needs – not abstract ideas.
- Carmen argued that women’s health and rights should be included in the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals, because health is intrinsic to sustainability, and reproductive rights are intrinsic to health.
- Musimbi remarked that climate change, urbanization, energy, and food security are all connected to population, our planet, and reproductive health. She highlighted the need for an open discussion about these linkages, especially for the 200 million women who want access to family planning.
- I pointed out that development projects that address population, health, and environmental issues are making a difference in remote communities around the world.
Follow me to Rio+20 here on the blog and the New Security Beat Twitter feed.
Image Credit: Adapted from UNSCD 2012 official logo.