Women and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Issues and Challenges due to Environmental Pollution and Covid-19 Pandemic
Keywords:COVID-19, Environment, Pollution, Women, Sexual and Reproductive Health
The situation emerging out of COVID-19 pandemic is not only just a health issue that has affected people
but it has entrenched structural and gender inequalities and inequities in addition to the economic shock,
Women as care giver, at home and communities are at the more challenging end in terms of getting attention
and care across the societies, be at the rural, tribal or urban areas. degree of vulnerability has increased due
to COVID-19 in every sphere be it in domestic space, labour market or access to health care. Worse situation
is the provision of sexual- and reproductive-health services where women face innumerable challenges
to address them. (Linde & Gonzalez,2020). Further, rising environmental pollution has further worsened
the health situation, particularly in case of sexual and reproductive health for women and girls. This paper
explores how women’s health is affected by Air pollution during COVID-19 situations. The paper discusses
how women’s health in general and particularly, sexual reproductive health is affected by COVID-19 and
environmental pollution, particularly, Air pollution.
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