MSP Institute issues an occasional newsletter about gender and chemicals. It contains updates from our project work, as well as information from the broader gender and chemicals community and international chemicals and waste management policy processes, especially SAICM.

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Newsletter Summer 2020

Register now: Webinar Series – 45min for gender
We invite you to join us once a month for 45 minutes on gender equality and its interconnection to the world of chemistry!
Every last Tuesday at 2pm CEST, there will be opportunities to learn from experts and discuss how we can create a gender-responsive future framework for the sound management of chemicals and waste.
Please find more information and register here. Webinars will be held via Zoom.

Women and Gender at SAICM – Group
Online Strategy Sessions

The ‘Women and Gender at SAICM’- Group started to discuss their advocacy strategy during the pandemic via online strategy sessions. You want to be part of the ‘Women and Gender @ SAICM’ – group? Just email to: anna.holthaus[at]

Text proposals for IP4
Integrating gender in the compilation document

For the fourth intersessional process, originally planned for March 2020, we developed concrete text proposals for the integration of gender language in the compilation document. Please find our text proposals here.

new blogs with experts and explanations Our blog article series “How to create a gender-just healthy planet” offers four new articles: “Gender and Sustainable Chemistry” by ISC3″Nesting” by WECF”Plastic and Toxic Free Period” by hej!support and an explanation article about Beijing+25Please find all new articles here.

photo by SAICM secretariat

new Knowledge Management Platform: Chemicals without Concern
The new Knowledge Platform “Chemicals without concern” offers you the possibility to learn about emerging policy issues through resources, to read news articles and to find out about events around the globe, and to network with other people working on the safe management of chemicals and waste.
Gender mainstreaming is highlighted as a related topic and material and policy documents on gender are listed. Please find the platform here.

Covid-19: Gender data and feminist responses

Covid-19 reveals to us massive inequalities in our societies and threatens the progress achieved in gender equality. Therefore, gender data and gendered responses are necessary to not fail and to achieve better outcomes for all.

Under following links you will find data collections and feminst responses to the crises:

Further publications, articles and events: 

Webinar Series “Women and Chemicals” by hej!support

Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience: Vol 6(1) (2020): Special Section on Chemical Entanglements: Gender and Exposure edited by Rachel Lee.

For healthy people and a healthy planet we need a gender-just chemicals and waste policies! Upcoming international meetings include:

  • 4th Intersessional – March 2021, Bucharest, Romania (tbd)
  • ICCM5 – July 2021, Bonn, Germany

Thank you and best regards,
Anna and Minu from the MSP Institute