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Welcome to our project website on gender and chemicals

There is a number of gender aspects relevant to chemicals and chemicals and waste management. However, many of them are not receiving the attention they should in order to ensure the best possible decisions in policy-making and effective implementation. That is why the MSP Institute is doing advocacy work for the integration of gender into (inter)national chemicals management since 2017.

Why Gender and Chemicals? (more here)

  • Women’s and men’s bodies are affected differently by certain chemicals – exposure, risk, and impacts can be different between the sexes. 

  • Gender, as a social category, is linked to gender-specific norms of behaviour, roles in society as well as the development of ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ identities, which in turn influence people’s behaviour, including their impact on the environment, their affectedness by environmental degradation, and their access to and power over resources. 

  • Gender analysis allows to ask questions that help us understand and unpack root causes of unsustainable behaviour and societies, and hence have a transformational potential. We need to tap into this potential in order to bring about sustainable development, justice and peace.

Our current projects on gender and chemicals:

Project Gender and Chemicals- Together for a gender-just and chemical safe future
January 2021 –  December 2022
The project goal is to increase the integration of gender in international chemicals and waste management policies and implementation. We are aiming to raise awareness of gender aspects and to increase the participation of women’s organisations and gender experts in the UN process dealing with chemicals management: SAICM Beyond 2020.
The project is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Project GenChemRoadMap – Implementation of a Gender Road Map in National Chemicals Management
April 2021 – March 2022
Our new project aims to implement systematically the integration of gender into Germany’s national chemicals management with first steps and activities.
The project is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt).

Seeking your input and advice: We are consulting with colleagues from women’s organisations, governments, UN and other stakeholders as well as individual experts on the project activities and goals. If you’re interested in discussing gender and chemicals issues, relevant processes, research and literature with us, please do let us know!
Contact us via info(at)msp-institute.org.

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