Gender and Chemicals

Gender and Chemicals

While policymakers are beginning to understand the important role played by the sound management of chemicals in economic and social development, it is also important to recognize the significant linkages between gender and chemicals.

A number of factors justify the importance of adopting a gender-differentiated approach to the management of chemicals. The major factors include: differences in physiological susceptibility and the resulting health effects as well as the source of exposure to toxic chemicals (workplace vs. household). The UNDP paper “Chemicals and Gender”describes the important linkages between socio-economic development, gender, and chemicals management.