Information
  • Lead-organizer: Voices of African Mothers
  • 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date: 14 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-2

IMPACTS OF PLASTICS ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE HEALTH OF WOMEN AND CHI

Organizing partners

Voices of African Mothers (VAM) organizing partner, women major group

Introduction

THE VOICES OF AFRICAN MOTHERS: www.vamothers.org



The Voices of African Mothers works to establish a peaceful African Continent through conflict resolution and to identifying the causes of ethnic, religious and inter-communal conflict.



VAM envision women and future generations to possess a full range of educational opportunities to attain empowerment to become decision-making leaders of Africa..



VAM believes access to education is key to equality. Equality is the application of the principle of natural justice and fairness. This refers to the legal and social capacity of men, women, boys and girls to mobilize and manage domestic, community, national and international resources and share the benefits arising there on an equal basis.



VAM promotes economic empowerment and equality through resource production that are appropriate for needs through vocational training and development of business skills. Health education is provided in the areas of preventive health care, nutrition, hygiene, preadolescent pregnancy, family planning etc.

Detailed programme

IMPACTS OF PLASTICS ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE HEALTH OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN

The Voices of African Mothers (VAM) an organizing partner of the Women Major Group presents a side event and panel discussion on the health impact plastics have on women and children around the globe.

VAM believes women?s health issues should be at the forefront of any policy discussions about Sustainable Development especially when mentioning the social and environmental pillars. Pollution caused by plastics and the toxic chemicals released have an extremely negative impact upon the health of women and the environment.

This informative event will focus on mounting concerns about the plastic and its? impact on environmental and women?s health. It brings to the forefront of everyone?s consciousness the devastating effect that plastics present to the health of women and children.

Plastics today represent nearly a trillion dollar industry globally and are present in nearly all aspects of daily life for everyone around the world. Recently, the scientific community has become aware that toxins leach from many types of today?s traditional plastics. An alarming example is that of a simple plastic water bottle which when left in the sun for even a short time, triggers the leaching of tiny toxins from the plastic into the warmed water. Traditional plastics, especially the oil-based petro-chemical plastics of today, are now clearly known to be a threat to the environment, humanity, and especially women.

The Voices of African Mothers and their supporters have, as one of their ultimate goals, the presentation and establishment of a working alternative for sustainable community development opportunities during the build up to, through, and beyond Rio+20. VAM invites others of goodwill to join them to help develop a sustainable alternative that will influence the global plastics industry. Together they hope to bring about the changes needed to yield greater Global and Women?s Health reforms.
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