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Newsletter – Winter 2022:
Gender and Chemicals at SAICM IP4
The MSP Institute participated in the 4th Meeting of the Intersessional Process considering the Strategic Approach and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 (IP4), which took place from 27th of August until 2nd of September in Bucharest, Romania. Together with other NGOs working on women and gender issues we advocated for the integration of gender in the resulting document.
Read more about our work at IP4 in our blog article.
Gender Road Map + Pilot Results
To minimise negative impacts of chemicals on people and the environment as chemical production increases, future chemicals management must take into account the needs and realities of life for all. To make this possible, the gender dimensions in national chemicals policy must be acknowledged and taken into account in practice.
Therefore we developed the Gender and Chemicals Road Map in 2021, and conducted first steps of the road map in a pilot phase in Germany in 2022, including a gender analysis + Gender Impact Assessment with regard to chemicals in building materials
You will find the pilot results as well as the Gender and Chemicals Road Map and Workbook here.
Gender Mainstreaming for Sustainable Chemistry – Side Event during HLPF
The importance of gender dimensions in chemicals management has been increasingly discussed in recent years. However, mainstreaming gender equality into sustainable chemistry concepts and
practical implementation is still in its early stages.
Therefore a side event on Gender Mainstreaming for Sustainable Chemistry was held on July 14, 2022 during the UN High-level Political Forum 2022. The event was co-hosted by the MSP Institute and the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV).
More than forty participants from different regions and stakeholder groups participated at the side event. A detailed summary and the speech of HE State Secretary Christiane Rohleder from the BMUV can be found here.
Lecturing activities, workshops and articles
In 2022 the MSP Institute contributed to the the following workshops, events and articles:
- Presentation at the IUPAC Leuphana Womens Breakfast
- Commentary in Journal of Business Chemistry,
- Presentation at GIZ Gender Week
- Interview with Elsevier,
- Workshop with Leuphana University of Lüneburg students in Sustainable Chemistry courses
- Lecture at the ISC3 Summer School
- Submission to Special Rapporteur for the report on “Women, girls and the right to a clean healthy and sustainable environment”
- Presentation at Gender Summit 2022
- Brief article for the journal Politische Ökologie (Political Ecology)
- Presentation at Webinar GEF-Project ISLANDS Program
We thank all organizers for the opportunity to raise awareness of the interlinkages of gender and chemicals!
Further publications and informational material:
Our new information video on youtube: “The gender lens – for a new perspective in chemicals management”
Publication by SAICM/IPEN (2022): Women Leaders: Addressing Chemicals and Waste Issues.
Thank you and happy holidays!
For healthy people and a healthy planet we need a gender-just chemicals and waste policies!
We will continue to advocate for the integration of gender in chemicals management in 2023, and will keep you informed.
Anna and Minu from the MSP Institute