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Impacts of air pollution on public health have been a matter of increasing research interest, however, gender-specific risk factors and outcomes remain comparatively under studied. Women suffer from inequalities in almost every facet of society and sector, and ESCAP undertook a study project to specifically look at the challenges ambient air pollution poses from a gender-aware approach.

The “Gender, Health and Air Pollution” working paper summarizes ESCAP’s preliminary findings on these topics, and highlights areas for further study, so that policy makers and stakeholders will be better able to take action to focus on the needs of this vulnerable population and highlight the suggested direction for future research and policymaking.