Gender & Chemicals

Gender and Chemicals Project: Issues, Stakeholders, Strategies

May – December 2017

Project website: gender & chemicals

Background and Goals

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. MSP Institute is aiming to create more focus on gender aspects and to increase the participation of women’s organisations and gender experts in the SAICM Beyond 2020 process. The goal of this project is to improve integration of gender aspects in international chemicals and waste management policies and implementation.


Gender Analysis:

  • Identifying relevant issues: We will conduct a gender analysis of chemicals, chemicals management and sustainable chemistry in order to deepen understanding of the relationships between gender and chemicals and identify relevant gender aspects – relating to health, work, nutrition, education, innovation, investment, risk perception and other areas.
  • Identifying relevant political processes: We will analyse on-going international and regional policy processes with regard to their relevance to gender and chemicals issues and identify possible entry points for strengthening the integration of gender aspects in chemicals-related policies.

Stakeholder Analysis: We will analyse the SAICM and other relevant international policy processes in terms of which gender aspects they have been included, which organisations, networks and individual gender experts that have been engaged, and which organisations working on gender and sustainable development issues have not been engaged and why.

Communication and Engagement Strategy: Based on the gender and stakeholder analyses, we will develop a communication and engagement strategy aiming to identify tools and measures that could help improve the integration of gender aspects in the SAICM process and motivate women’s organisations and networks as well as individual gender experts to engage in the process.

Analyses and strategy development will be undertaken with the help of literature research, a series of semi-structured interviews with relevant stakeholders, and a strategy workshop, to be held on the margins of UNEA (Nairobi Dec 4-6, 2017).

Publications: There will be a project website sharing information about the on-going work and results, links to relevant organisations and processes, and include a blog page for brief articles by project staff and guest authors –

Project report and strategy paper: Project results, including recommendations for governments and stakeholders, will be published in early 2018.

Seeking your input and advice!

We are seeking to talk to colleagues from women’s organisations, governments, UN and other stakeholders as well as individual experts to discuss questions relating to the project activities and goals. If you would be prepared to discuss gender and chemicals issues, relevant processes and stakeholders with us, please let us know!

If you can share recommendations who else we should contact, and where else we should look for research and resources, please also let us know!


Dr Minu Hemmati, project lead, Associate, MSP Institute – minu.hemmati(at)

We thank the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety for their generous support for this project.