Dani Cutler — A leader in responsible sourcing in the jewelry industry, top supplier of mercury-free arstisanal gold and key to the Pure Earth Pure Gold Auction.
Karen Mathiasen — Former Acting Executive Director, World Bank Group; Commissioner, The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, raising the profile of pollution on global development agenda.
Alicia Ogawa — Pure Earth Board Member committed to encouraging companies and investors to include pollution in their ESG initiatives.
Watch our special International Women’s Day program hosted by Emmy Award-Winning WNBC Reporter Sarah Wallace
The special Pure Earth Force of Nature program to celebrate international Women’s Day will highlight the profound impact that pollution has on maternal and child health and show how women around the globe are leading the effort to craft and implement solutions.
The program features special appearances by U.S. Rep Debbie Dingell, former U.S. EPA administrator Carol Browner, Pure Earth experts on the ground, and more.
Learn how you can join the Force of Nature Team and be part of a global network fighting to bring attention to enable solutions that will protect women and children from future exposures to pollutants like lead and mercury. Or donate to support our work with women around the world.
Women and the Fight Against Pollution
Across the globe, women are cleaning up pollution, protecting families
and the planet, and advocating on behalf of the most vulnerable.
The profound impact that pollution has on maternal and child health demands action, and women are leading the effort, crafting solutions in government and policy making, private entrepreneurship, and community-level interventions.
Pure Earth’s Force of Nature awards celebrate the strength and achievements of our honorees as well as countless women the world over working every day to solve pollution, protect their families and communities, and advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable.
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 infants in utero and 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.
Women are The Key to the Solution…
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.
Here at Pure Earth, we aim for equal participation of women in all our projects. Learn more about our work with women:
- Fact Sheet: Reducing the Threat of Toxic Pollution to Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
- Why Women Hold The Key To Fighting Pollution
- Empowering Women Gold Miners in Indonesia
- Read the Press Release here
- Click here for highlights from 2022