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Newsletter Dec 2019
Greetings from the Gender & Chemicals Project at MSP Institute –
and welcome to our end-of-year newsletter!
Our work on gender and chemicals
With our project “Gender and Chemicals – together for a gender-just healthy planet” we advocated to further improve the integration of gender aspects in the SAICM Beyond2020 process. The following activities were meant to build and strengthen political will within the SAICM Beyond 2020 process:
- In March 2019, we published our brochure “Gender & SAICM Beyond 2020 – How to create a gender-just healthy planet”. Beginning with a foreword by the German Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, the brochure summarizes our series of blog articles, with explanations of key elements of gender mainstreaming as well as practical examples and studies from the field.
- Participating at the following international events and meetings, we shared information about the issue of gender and chemicals and policy recommendations for SAICM Beyond 2020 (see our reports), lobbying governments and stakeholders:
- At the SAICM 3rd Open Ended Working Group (OEWG3) in April, we organized a first informal meeting on women and gender. The goal was to get to know each other and exchange experiences, discuss the need to integrate gender in SAICM and to generate concrete ideas for joint activities. After the fruitful discussion, participants stayed in touch via the new mailing list “Women and Gender @ SAICM”. If you want to be a part of the mailing list, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In advance of the 3rd Meeting of the SAICM Beyond 2020 Intersessional Process (IP3) in Bangkok in October, some members of the mailing list developed a joint position paper on gender and SAICM beyond 2020. We finalized that paper at a second informal women and gender meeting during IP3 and submitted it to the SAICM secretariat. It has been published on the SAICM website here.
- In addition, we were able to publish two articles about gender and chemicals for the ‘Forum für Umwelt und Entwicklung’ (you can find the articles here and here, in German).
2020 – the year for gender-just chemical policies!
With ICCM5 in October 2020 in Bonn, next year will be crucial to renew the international framework for the sound management of chemicals and waste and hopefully make it much more ambitious.
2020 also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), which includes chapter K on environment and sustainable development issues, and strategic objective K.2.: “Integrate gender concerns and perspectives in policies and programmes for sustainable development”.
So, let’s join forces and finally integrate gender in SAICM Beyond 2020!
New SAICM needs to be gender-responsive to create a healthy planet for all!
We thank you all for your interest in gender and chemicals issues and your support for our work. Happy holidays and a joyful new year!
Anna and Minu from the MSP Institute