Women and Chemicals

Women and Chemicals


Women and men are impacted differently by chemicals and through different routes. Their bodies are differently succeptible to chemicals. They have other experiences of dealing with sources of exposure, different priorities, responsibilities and needs relating to the reduction of toxic chemicals and wastes. In many countries women and men often have different levels of access to participation, decision making, information, education or justice and face different constraints in their efforts to improve their environment and living conditions. They can also play different roles in making decisions about pollution prevention, waste management, identification of sources of chemical exposure, and building safer environment for communities. HEJSupport supports women as agents of change to achieve a toxic-free future for women, children and men.

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  • FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS: Why you do not need to be silent 18.05.2019 - It is assumed that personal care products are designed not only to simplify the life of a modern woman, but also to protect them against external pollution, hinder the development of bacteria, and generally stand guard over women's health. However, in practice this is far from the case. ... Read More
  • Will women waste pickers benefit from a new UN deal on plastic waste trade? 15.05.2019 - The growing levels of plastic litter impacts the life of local communities by putting the biodiversity, ecosystems, fisheries, tourism and people’s health at risk, with women and children affected the most. ... Read More
  • Open Online Course on Gender and Environment 10.05.2019 - Gender equality is a basic human rights and development issue as underlined in a number of international and regional human rights instruments. The course will help you better understand the global international frameworks related to gender and environment, including the link between gender, biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, international waters, and chemicals and waste. ... Read More
  • Plastic and Toxic Free Period 26.04.2019 - HEJSupport is happy to announce a new project on toxic chemicals, health, and plastic pollution. The project entitled “Plastic and Toxic Free Period” is supported by Funding for Social Change Ltd and is part of a broad initiative on plastic and toxic free disposable and reusable menstrual products involving Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE),… ... Read More
  • What conventional stores tell you about feminine hygiene products? 22.03.2019 - HEJSupport published a new fact sheet based on the findings of a small survey among women in Canada. We asked them about their purchase patters when buying feminine hygiene products. ... Read More
  • IPEN film honors women in the network, including HEJSupport directors 13.03.2019 - HEjSupport is proud that its co-directors are among the women to be featured in the IPEN film honoring women working for a toxic free future. ... Read More
  • HEJSupport stands for all women and girls globally to achieve gender equality, environmental and health justice 08.03.2019 - This International Women’s Day HEJSupport calls on people around the world to show support and commitment to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. ... Read More
  • Protecting the Health of Women, Children and Future Generations 05.11.2018 - HEJSupport Co-Director Olga Speranskaya co-authored an article, in her capacity as IPEN senior advisor, as guest blog. Protecting the Health of Women, Children, and Future Generations – Gender & Chemicals by Pam Miller (1), Olga Speranskaya (2), Joe DiGangi (3) A safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right. Exposure to hazardous substances… ... Read More
  • Fighting global plastic pollution: What difference can women make? 12.10.2018 - It is important to change corporate behavior, including highlighting better alternatives for personal hygienic products. The multi-billion-dollar industry that manufactures feminine and other hygienic products, profits from the dominance of disposable products. In many countries, both in developing and developed ones, the feminine hygiene industry has successfully convinced women that their period is something which… ... Read More
  • Together for toxic- and plastic free periods 19.05.2018 - The challenge: Most of female sanitary products contain up to 90% plastic and toxic chemicals. The average woman will use 12,000 to 16,000 disposable feminine hygiene products in her lifetime and it can take up to 100 years or more for something like a plastic pad or applicator to break down. HEJSupport is working together… ... Read More

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