POLLUTION IS A MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH ISSUE…
Exposures to dangerous chemicals have a multigenerational impact on women and families. Pregnant women can transmit toxins to their fetuses in utero and to their infants via breast milk. Toxic exposures have been linked to pre-term birth, infant mortality and developmental disabilities. Lead and mercury are increasingly making their way into kitchens around the globe in baby food, tuna, spices and cookware, most acutely in the households of poor families in low- and middle-income countries. Plus, millions of women have livelihoods such as small-scale gold mining and battery recycling that pollute and use dangerous chemicals.
Once educated on the dangers and sources of toxins, Pure Earth’s experts report that it’s the women in the community who often take charge—participating in our trainings on how to clean up pollutants in the home and make their work practices safe. They are also the most vocal advocates.
“In order for our cleanup projects to succeed, we always strive to involve the community, in particular women. Women are usually more receptive to the solutions we bring, and more willing to set them into action. If you win over women, you are more likely to have a positive, long term impact on their families, and thus the community.” — Budi Susilorini, Pure Earth Indonesia
Women Are The Key to Solving Pollution
Here at Pure Earth, we aim for equal participation of women in all our projects because pollution is a maternal and child health issue. Learn more about work with women:
Spotlight: Circle of Women, Pure Earth Mexico
Women’s circles are important because historically, those of us who have the least latitude to enjoy, to go out, to create, and to relax are women; and because safe spaces, created between women, heal. They help us identify with each other, examine each other, share our concerns, pains and dreams, and decide together what we want for our future and how to make us stronger collectively. — Pure Earth’s Circle of Women: Creating Safe Spaces For Innovation And Health With Traditional Potters In Mexico.