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Protecting women’s and girls rights to a healthy environment

Buhle Francis, Georgina Yaa Oduro, Kenneth Amankwaah Boateng, Elisa Morgera and Senia Febrica

One Ocean Hub, University of Strathclyde, UK

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The One Ocean Hub’s submission to the UN Special Rapporteur addresses the impacts of environmental crises on women and girls in ocean context.

Published on December 14 2022, this blog by represents research submitted by the One Ocean Hub to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, focusing on ‘Women, Girls and the Right to a Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment.’ The submission highlighted the impacts of climate, pollution, and biodiversity crises on women and girls in ocean-related contexts, addressing water shortages, plastic pollution, and the role of women as ocean defenders. The submission emphasized specific obligations of states and responsibilities of businesses to safeguard women’s and girls’ right to a healthy environment. Transformative socio-economic, cultural, legal, and institutional changes were advocated for achieving gender parity, recognizing women’s knowledge and contributions in sustainable fisheries management. The potential benefits of protecting women’s and girls’ rights as environment and ocean defenders were also highlighted, supported by ongoing Hub research exploring women’s connections to the ocean and their role in decision-making processes.