Report: Women Bear Brunt of Environmental Contamination
Findings in a new report by the Women's Foundation of California show that due to their biological makeup and roles in society women bear the brunt of contamination from environmental toxins. The report raises concerns that despite women's leadership in environmental health and justice, there is limited research being conducted on the health impacts of environmental toxins on women due to a lack of support.
According to the report, "low-income women and women of color tend to be disproportionately affected" and "women have traditionally borne the consequences of contamination, whether on their health or the health of loved ones." Some examples of the types of risks women face are abnormal fetal development, diminished fertility, and increased rates of cancers.
The Women's Foundation recommends that corporations and developers aspire to prevent and minimize harm to humans and the environment, that more research and data collection is done to assess the impact of toxins on women's health, that governments and businesses promote safer alternatives for low-income women, that organizations that advocate for safer policies are supported, and that governments and manufacturers assume leadership to create healthier solutions and clean up what has already been contaminated.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .