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13th of June: Protecting women’s health and future generations from harmful environmental impacts - Women’s Major Group Rio+20 Side Event
13 Jun 2012 - 13 Jun 2012
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Barra Arena

Since the Rio 1992 Earth Summit, we are confronted with increasing amounts of toxic chemicals and other hazardous substances in our bodies leading to fast growing instances of infertility, reproductive and breast cancers, early puberty, transgenerational defects and other negative health impacts. Panellists will address the origin and impact of this toxic burden and our rights to a healthy environment.

Invitation to

Women’s Major Group Rio+20 Side Event

Protecting our first environment

Protecting women’s health and future generations from harmful environmental impacts

13:15 – 14:45 am, Wednesday 13 June 2012

Barra Arena, UN2, Rio de Janeiro

13:15 – Welcome by organising partner Sascha Gabizon for the Women’s Major Group and
Olga Speranskaya, co-chair of IPEN

13:25 – 13:30 Introduction, moderator

Part I: Understanding the Problem - irreversible damage to environmental and reproductive health from harmful substances in plastics

13:30 - 13:40 Hormone disrupting, persistent and bio-accumulative chemicals and reproductive health – an introduction
Mariann Lloyd-Smith, Senior Advisor IPEN

13:40 - 13:50 Exposure Sources of Harmful Chemicals Impacting Women's and Children's health
Olga Speranskaya, Chair of IPEN, winner of the Goldman Environment Prize, Russia

Part II: Addressing the problem - mandatory substitution and stronger international legislation

13:40 - 13:50 Banning Hormone disrupting, persistent and bio-accumulative chemicals from our daily lives – best practices from the international toxic free toys and nesting campaigns:
Alexandra Caterbow, Environmental Health expert, WECF international, Germany

13:50 - 14:00 Indigenous women victims of toxic pesticides exposure: example from Mexico
Andrea Carmen, IITC (The International Indian Treaty Council)

14:00 - 14:10 Testing chemicals in our bodies, and women experiences with plant-based tinctures instead of pesticides – a case study from Armenia
Lucine Soroyan, AWHHE – Armenian Women for Health and a Healthy Environment

14:10 - 14:35 Open Discussion: What can each of us do to address the problem.

14:35-14:45 Wrap up by Moderator

Organised by: WECF, IPEN and members of the Women’s Major Group

Contact in Rio de Janeiro: Andreia Da Silva Tel: 48-33895849
Contact organisers: Alexandra Caterbow, Coordinator Chemicals and Health, WECF International

The Women’s Major Group Rio+20 activities receive support from the Federal German
Environmental Agency (UBA), UN Women and Sustain Labour

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