Women play a particularly important role in establishing sustainable chemistry. They act as "agents of change" promoting sustainable development at a local, regional and global level. In all sectors and regions of the world, are making their voices heard, demanding and driving gender justice in the chemicals sector and beyond. Moreover, investing in women's education also pays off well in the sustainability sector, as they are sources of knowledge for the coming generations and pass on their skills.
As in other disciplines, women face challenges in the field of sustainable chemistry: Although the proportion of women studying chemistry is continuously rising, they are still underrepresented in chemical companies - particularly in management positions and as founders. Another relevant aspect concerning women and chemistry is the critical role that women play as consumers of chemical products. They are among the most vulnerable and often poorly protected groups, both at work and in daily life.
The ISC3 initiative "Gender and Sustainable Chemistry" aims to discuss the challenges and barriers woman are facing in this field. It will make the potentials of women visible and highlight their engagement in chemistry and chemical management.
As a thought-starter, see also the blog article Gender and Sustainable Chemistry: How women can benefit from sustainable chemistry …and sustainable chemistry from them, by Creta Gambillara, ISC3 Policy Manager initially published in the Blog Series “Together for a gender-just healthy planet” by the MSP-Institute.
In the series of articles below, the ISC3 presents women active in sustainable chemistry from various fields such as politics, innovation, NGOs, research and education and describes their achievements, experience and perspectives.