Climate justice and a burgeoning mental-health crisis

The impacts of climate change on gender-based violence and mental health are two of the most prolific and least understood areas of study, according to the Centre for Climate Justice.

This theme, and the centre’s own work in this field, will be discussed at a COP26 WHO Health Pavilion side-event on November 11.

The event aims to put the spotlight on the lived experiences of women’s mental health and climate change, and will explore the development of a research framework for building further insights.

A panel of speakers will also discuss what needs to be done in terms of the development of policy and practical solutions that can support the mental-health needs of women and girls, as well as protecting their human right to health.

Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director of the Centre for Climate Justice, said: “There has been little research to date that explores the relationship between these issues, the overlapping risk factors and the extent of the problem”.

“Climate change is exacerbating issues of mental health and gender-based violence in countries all over the world, but more research is needed in countries like Malawi, for example, that are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change but lack data on the impact climate change has on mental health and gender-based violence.”

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Professor Jafry
  • Ashley Komangaapik Rose Cummings, Indigenous rights activist for Inuit communities in Canada and member of Canadian Prime Minister’s Youth Council
  • Peter Gondwe, Executive Director, Life Concern Organisation – Malawi.
  • Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director of Friendship
  • Steve Trent, CEO and Founder of Environmental Justice Foundation.

You can sign up for the event here.

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