This session will zero in on citizen science and gender with a focus on women’s health and harmful chemicals. It will showcase citizen science experiences in the region and around the globe that addressed toxic pollution issues vis-à-vis women’s health or that actively involved women and other marginalized groups in the initiatives.

Key Takeaways

  • Women are differently susceptible to toxic chemical exposures. Women’s empowerment and gender equality (Sustainable Development Goal 5) cannot be achieved if exposure to harmful chemicals causes women to suffer adverse health effects
  • Learn about some of the most harmful chemicals and how they impact women, children, and other marginalized communities
  • Citizen science efforts in the region and around the globe have empowered women and marginalized communities and helped push local, national, and global action on some of these toxic chemicals



Video lectures are linked to the topics.

Citizen Science and Women’s Health

Subtitles: Bahasa | Thai | Viet | English

Tracking Illegal Trade of Mercury-added Skin Whitening Cosmetics in Key Cities in the Philippines

Subtitles: Bahasa | Thai | Viet | English

Monitoring Water Quality and Microplastic Pollution of Brantas River, East Java Indonesia

Subtitles: Bahasa | Thai | Viet | English

Detoxifying E-Commerce in China

Subtitles: Bahasa | Thai | Viet | English


Pamela Miller


IPEN/IPEN Women’s Caucus

Thony Dizon

Chemical Safety Campaigner

Ecowaste Coalition

Andreas Nugroho

Senior Researcher


HE Linghui

Senior Researcher

Toxics-Free Corps


Akarapon Teebthaisong