Message from the Executive Director of GAHP
“When it comes to the impacts of pollution, gender and age play a huge role in determining exposure risks, and therefore, all genders need to be part of the solution. That said, gender specific strategies and solutions, including those targeted specifically to mothers, pregnant women and other primary care givers, can be incredibly effective at mitigating exposure risks and protecting family – and especially children’s – health.”
Today is a day to reflect on progress made on gender equality, and specifically at GAHP asking what else we can do to ensure all genders are equally represented in at all levels of pollution decision-making. At GAHP we believe improving women’s participation in environmental decision and policy making is importance and can contribute to more equitable pollution-related policies and improved health outcomes. On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022, we would like to recognize the contribution of women and girls around the world who have played a lead role in tackling some of the planet’s biggest environmental threats, including pollution and health issues. We are also proud to have grown female representation on our Board – including female researchers and scientists, former government officials and leaders – and look forward to their contributions. I am delighted to join today the International Gender Champions Network to follow up that mission and with clear commitments that include encouraging female leaders, scientists and youth or NGO leaders, especially in Low-and Middle-Income Countries to study, publish and advocate for attention, resources and pollution to pollution and health.