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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  • 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
  • Women and Environments International Magazine 11.12.2017- HEJSupport is happy to announce a new issue of Women and Environments International magazine (WEI) on Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining: Women and Health. The issue is available on-line at: Many of the contributors are from countries that are seriously affected by gold and other primary metal mining. Their stories are emotional, caring and… ... Read More

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