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Newsletter, December 17 – 2018
Greetings from the Gender & Chemicals Project at MSP Institute –
And welcome to our end-of-year newsletter!
Our work on Gender and Chemicals
In 2017, we studied relevant topics and political processes, conducted a scoping of the stakeholders and developed strategies of communication and engagement, all aiming to achieve better integration of gender aspects in international chemicals management in particular in the SAICM Beyond2020 process. You can find our paper “Gender and Chemicals. Questions, Issues and Possible Entry Points” here.
In 2018, we produced compact information materials on gender and chemicals with political recommendations for action (see here).
At the 2nd Intersessional Meeting (IP2) of the SAICM Beyond 2020 process, which was held in Stockholm in March, we advocated to increase attention to gender and chemicals, providing information and suggestions on how to integrate gender in a future policy framework on chemicals and waste and engaging in discussions with delegates (see our brief report about SAICM IP2 here).
In the summer, gender was an issue high on the agenda of the meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, (UNFCCC SBSTA) which took place from 30th April – 10th May in Bonn, Germany. We attended and observed the negotiations, participated in the work of the Women and Gender Constituency active at the climate meetings and took away lessons learned for our work on integrating gender in SAICM Beyond 2020 (see our blog here).
This year’s theme of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. SDG 12 “Responsible Consumption and Production”, dealing explicitly with the management of chemicals and waste (target 12.4), was among the SDGs under review this year. We attended HLPF2018 in July to work together with other women’s groups and feminists of the Womens Major Group (WMG) to increase attention, inter alia, to gender and chemicals issues (read our brief report here).
While attending these conferences and talking to delegates, we have frequently noticed that while there is great interest in gender and chemicals, there is little detailed knowledge. Our blog article series is pulling together explanations of key elements of gender mainstreaming and offering practical examples and studies from the field. The brief blog articles demonstrate the necessity and the potential of integrating gender aspects in international chemical management (see below).
Let’s join forces
For healthy people and a healthy planet we need gender-just chemicals and waste policies!
There is not much time left until 2020. We hope to continue a range of activities, working with you and further strengthening the voices of women and gender – so that 2019 will be a breakthrough for Gender and Chemicals in SAICM Beyond 2020.
If you are interested in these issues, let us know!
Email Anna at anna.holthaus[at]msp-institute.org.
Blog series: “How to create a gender-just healthy planet”
Since August we published several #expert and #explanation blogs, discussing how to create a gender-just healthy planet and demonstrating the potential of gender mainstreaming into chemicals policies.
We thank the authors and our illustrator miratrick for their great contributions!
- Women and Chemical Safety in Africa: the Case of the Flower Sector by Dr. Yahya Msangi, Welfare Togo
- Gender Impact Assessment – an instrument to create gender-just chemicals and waste policy by Dr. Jutta Emig, German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
- What has Gender got to do with Chemicals? by Gertrude Kenyangi – SWAGEN, UN Women’s Major Group, #women2030
- Protecting the Health of Women, Children, and Future Generations by Pam Miller, Olga Speranskaya, Joe DiGangi – IPEN
- From Agriculture to Gold Panning: Gender and Chemicals is a Global Concern by Ndeye Maïmouna Dienem – PAN Africa
- What is Gender Mainstreaming?
- What is a Gender Focal Point?
- What is a Gender Action Plan?
- What is a Women and Gender Caucus? (coming soon)
If you are interested in writing a guest blog and be part of this series and publications in 2019, let us know!
Policy Brief “Gender and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”
In September the SAICM Secretariat published a policy brief about gender and the sound management of chemicals and waste.
You can find it online here.
Upcoming stepping stones for the SAICM Beyond 2020 process include:
- National Stakeholder Workshop Germany – Berlin, 21 Feb 2019
- Regional Meetings – March 2019
- OEWG – 02-04 April 2019, Montevideo
- 3rd Intersessional – October 2019*
*Dates to be confirmed
We wish you happy holidays and a happy new year, and we are looking forward to working with you in 2019!
Thank you and best regards,
Anna and Minu from the MSP Institute
Follow us on twitter: @GenderChemicals
And please share your experiences, views and ideas with us:
anna.holthaus[at]msp-institute.org and minu.hemmati[at]msp-institute.org