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Integrating gender dimensions into the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Gender and Chemicals


Countries: Nigeria and Indonesia
Donors: BRS Conventions Secretariat, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Partners: Balifokus, Indonesia and Women Environment Programme (WEP), Nigeria
Issues: Chemicals & Health; Gender & Rights;
Duration: 08/2016 - 08/2018

The project Gender and Chemicals has been implemented throughout 2017 by WECF and its partners Balifokus Indonesia and WEP Nigeria in cooperation with the secretariat of the BRS Conventions, and with support by the governments of Germany and Sweden.

The project resulted in a 30 minute documentary film “What does Gender have to do with Chemicals”, and a 3 minute trailer. The documentary film was premiered at the 3rd United Nations Environment Assembly on the 5th of December 2017 at the United Nations in Nairobi.

Following the presentation of the film, Dr. Priscilla Achakpa of WEP  and Yuyun Ismawati of Balifokus, presented the case study publication which gives the result of the scoping studies carried out in both countries. 

The Minister of Environment of Nigeria, Mr Ibrahim Usman Jibril and speakers from the Ministries of Environment of Indonesia, Germany and Sweden, commented on how the integrate gender dimensions into national implementation plans for chemicals and waste.

During the Stockholm Convention COP in spring 2017, Sascha Gabizon of WECF presented the initial results of the scoping study jointly with representatives of the Indonesian and Nigerian Ministries of Environment.

Recommendations & Objectives

The project has developed recommendations in terms of gender and chemicals in the following areas: policies, actors, data, processes and actions. Theres are being presented for their possible adoption by the Ministries of Environment, based on the project results. 

The overall objective of the project is to develop an understanding on the issue of gender equality, particularly in the context of the activities of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the three multilateral Environmental Agreements on chemicals and waste which are administered by the United Nations Environment Programme. 


WECF, partners and stakeholders implement following activities:

  • Scoping studies in 2 pilot countries Nigeria and Indonesia, surveys, consultations and discussions have been carried out with key civil servants, experts and women and environmental civil society organisations. 
  • Preparing case studies in Nigeria and Indonesia which include lessons learnt from best practices and recommendations for better awareness of gender equality in the context of management of hazardous chemicals and waste and integrating gender considerations in the policies, legislation and practices for the implementation of the BRS Conventions. 
  • Developing a video on the gender perspectives of the implementation of the BRS Conventions, based on examples from Nigeria and Senegal
  • Developing and implementing pilot projects in both Nigeria and Indonesia
  • Producing or refining awareness raising materials and outreach

Documentary: What does gender have to do with chemicals? 

 Watch the full documentary here (coming soon).

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