Experts' profiles - Sascha Gabizon
Sascha Gabizon
Sascha Gabizon, is the executive director of Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and she works from our offices in Netherlands, Germany and France. She is the elected representative of the womens major group in the civil society committee of UNEP.

WECF is a network of 100 women, health and environmental organizations in 38 countries throughout Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA countries). WECF is a registered partner of UNEP. WECFs mission is to inspire and empower women and men as changemakers for a health environment for all, in the pan-European region covering Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. We promote the use of decentralised, sustainable and environmental friendly technologies in water and sanitation, energy and agricultural food production. We implement community solutions based on local needs, and influence policy internationally. We reduce poverty and give women a stronger voice. We advocate for strong legislation on hazardous substances. We want to safeguard our and our childrens future. And, we want to bring gender, health and human rights into the center of the environmental debate.

As executive director of WECF, she is responsible for the EU and international policy work of WECF. WECF works in four thematic areas, one of which is chemical safety. In the last years WECFs focus has very much been on the new EU chemicals legislation REACH. But WECF also works with partners in Eastern Europe on finding solutions for problems of obsolete pesticide burials and of asbestos in building materials. The other thematic areas are safe energy, safe water and sanitation and safe food and sustainable rural development.

Sascha started her career working for an international consultancy in Spain and then joined the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment (WI), in Germany, where she was the co-founder of the Wuppertal Institutes "FrauenWissen" (Women's Scientists).

In 1994 she joined Women in Europe for a Common Future to prepare the WECF contribution to the 4th World Women's Conference in Beijing in 1995.

Since 1996,she has been the director of WECF and developed the network and it's activities in the EU and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 1999 I founded the German WECF-office and in 2008 the French WECF-office, which both work in close cooperation with the Netherlands WECF office, serving as secretariats for the network activities of WECF.

She has a masters in business administration from the European EAP/ESCP, which is a three year masters study in France, UK and Germany. Previously she studied European Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

She has published a substantial number of case studies and articles.
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