As part of the International Women's Day 2016 a call for nominations for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment was launched in February 2016. A total of 160 submissions were received, including women working for inter-governmental, non-governmental, governmental and business organizations, academic institutions and civil society. A committee selected 20 of these inspirational women to be part of an exhibition celebrating their achievements, launched on 8 March 2016, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Sheila LOGAN was among the 20 women selected.
Sheila has been working with UNEP for thirteen years on issues relating to chemicals and wastes, with the highlight being her support for the negotiations on the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The Convention covers mercury in a full life-cycle approach, and has potential to address the significant environmental effects of mercury poisoning, which may be linked to declines in species such as sharks, predatory fish and marine mammals, as well as having deleterious effects on vulnerable populations who rely on such species as an integral part of their diet. Sheila’s work on chemicals and waste has built on her previous work in the Department of Health and Aged Care in Australia, where she worked as a regulatory toxicologist assessing pesticides and industrial chemicals, utilising her qualifications in Veterinary Science. Sheila feels proud of UNEP’s achievements in the chemicals and waste area over the years, and looks forward to playing a role in the future work in the sustainable development agenda.