500 Companies Pledge to Detoxify Beauty Products; Major Companies Still Refuse to Sign
More than 500 cosmetics and body care product manufacturers have signed "The Compact for Safe Cosmetics," a pledge to eliminate toxic ingredients from their products. The Compact is a project of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, an international coalition of public health, labor, environmental, consumer, and women's groups. Signatories have three years to find safe alternatives for chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, hormone disruption and other negative health effects.
The European Union has banned many known toxic components from personal-care products, but similar ingredients are still legal in the US. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not review cosmetics ingredients, relying instead on industry self-regulation. The Compact will require companies to inventory their products for chemicals that pose health hazards and to comply with EU standards.
Signatories so far include The Body Shop, Burt's Bees, and Kiss My Face. Absent are the world's largest cosmetics companies, such as L'Or�al, Revlon, Est�e Lauder, Gap, Avon, OPI, and Proctor & Gamble, who have refused to sign, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics estimates that women and girls in the US use an average of 12 personal care products each day. Nail salon and cosmetology workers, who handle solvents, chemical solutions, and glues on a daily basis, may have even higher levels of toxic exposure.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .