Celebrating Gender Pioneers for a Future Detoxified


Bringing gender issues to the forefront of the chemicals and waste agenda is key as women, men, boys and girls are exposed to harmful substances in different ways and to varying degrees depending on where they work and live. 

In addition to gender differences in exposure to hazardous substances, there are also differences in physiological susceptibility between men and women, girls and boys. Children are particularly susceptible to the negative health impacts of chemicals. For example, mercury and lead exposure in utero and early in life can result in mental retardation, seizures, vision and hearing loss, and delayed development .

The Gender Action Plan of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions was developed by the Secretariat to promote gender equality as an integral part of the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, including Secretariat activities and gender mainstreaming in its programme of work and activities.  The Gender Action Plan supports Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

The Awards

On the occasion of the 2017 Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, as part of its activities on gender, the Secretariat wishes to promote gender mainstreaming and showcase the leadership of women and men in governments, Basel and Stockholm Conventions regional centres, civil society, academia and the private sector, who are contributing to these important efforts.  Awards to celebrate “Gender Pioneers for a Future Detoxified” will recognize ten women and men for their achievements in advancing gender equality and mainstreaming gender issues in the area of chemicals and wastes.

A ceremony will be held at the side-event on Lessons and best practices integrating gender into implementation: Case studies from Nigeria and Indonesia and new data from the Environment and Gender Information (EGI) platform during the 2017 COPs in Geneva, Switzerland.

Eligibility criteria

Please support the Secretariat’s initiative by nominating those colleagues who make efforts to champion the issue of gender in their work and/or workplace, particularly in the field of chemicals and waste.

If you have a colleague who, for example:

  • Mainstreams the issue of gender by valuing the diversity among both men and women in his/her work and/or workplace; 
  • Demonstrates commitment to the advancement of gender equality in his/her work and/or workplace;
  • Ensures gender equality/participation in decision-making; or
  • Assesses the different implications for women and men of any planned policy action, including legislation and programmes.

...we would like to hear from you!


  • Nominations are encouraged from all Parties and BRS stakeholders from all over the world.
    Nominations can be submitted by anyone who wishes to nominate a colleague. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominations must be received by the Secretariat (email: Song.Yun@brsmeas.org) by 18:00 (CET) on Friday 7 April 2017
  • We invite you to nominate your candidate by completing the Nomination Form

Selection process 

The Secretariat will convene a Nomination Committee comprised of representatives from developed and developing country Parties, an intergovernmental organization and a civil society organization. The Committee will be responsible for reviewing all submissions received against the eligibility criteria. The Committee’s decision is final. The Secretariat will inform recipients of the “Gender Pioneers for a Future Detoxified” awards by 13 April 2017. 

Next steps 

The Secretariat encourages all BRS stakeholders to submit a nomination. Help us make a positive step in showcasing your country’s or organization’s talent and help to achieve SDG 5!