All people are exposed to mercury at some level, but the greatest concern revolves around the exposure of women of child-bearing age because of its impact on future generations.
This course focuses on the health effects of mercury exposure on women and children, the description of the main sources of exposure to this toxic metal, and its main risks. Finally, it emphasizes the actions the Minamata Convention is taking to advance gender equity in the implementation process.
The Minamata Convention pays specific attention to these effects on women and mentions the need to establish strategies to prevent the exposure of vulnerable populations to mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), as well as addressing exposure through seafood, dental amalgam, skin whiteners, and emissions from coal-fired power plants and other industries. The Convention is currently preparing an action plan to support and advance a gender-responsive implementation