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Everyone deserves to live in a healthy and safe environment. That environment includes where you live, work, play, and pray. We reject and actively push back against racist rhetoric, actions, policies and institutional oppression that leads to state-sanctioned brutality, gun violence, and harm that again and again assaults communities of color. We are committed to working for justice and equity, and are in solidarity with social, racial, and environmental justice organizations to build community, understanding and honest dialogue to address the root causes of violence, harm and hate.
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Salon workers join environmental health groups to petition FDA to ban formaldehyde in hair straighteners and treatments

WASHINGTON – Salon workers from around the U.S. today joined the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth to petition the Food and Drug Administration to ban dangerous hair straighteners that contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen and potent allergen. The petition argues that its presence in hair-straightening and -smoothing treatments means that under the federal Drug and Cosmetics Act, such products are “adulterated” and should be banned.  

New Ingredient Transparency Reveals Issue of Toxic Chemicals in Cleaning Products is Widespread

A new report by environmental health organization, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), spotlights how toxic chemicals in cleaning products add to the health disparities and disproportionate burdens many people face from occupational exposure, pollutants in their environments, as well as social, racial and gender injustices. By accessing new ingredient information, the report calls attention to some of the most problematic and pervasive ingredients used in household and institutional cleaners, that have, until recently, been hidden from the general public.

La Nueva Transparencia en los Ingredientes Revela Sustancias Químicas Tóxicas en la Limpieza Los Productos están muy Diseminados

Un nuevo informe de la organización de salud ambiental, las Voces de la Mujeres para la Tierra (WVE), destaca cómo los productos químicos tóxicos en los productos de limpieza se suman a las disparidades de salud y las cargas desproporcionadas que enfrentan muchas personas debido a la exposición ocupacional, la contaminación -tanto en sus entornos, así como las injusticias sociales, raciales y de género. Al acceder a información sobre nuevos ingredientes, el informe, "Más Allá de la Etiqueta: Impactos en la Salud de los Ingredientes Nocivos en los Productos de Limpieza", señala algunos de los ingredientes más problemáticos y omnipresentes utilizados en los limpiadores domésticos e institucionales, que, hasta hace poco tiempo, ha estado oculto al público en general.

Statement on the Violence Against AAPI Communities

The racial and sexual violence that Asian American and Pacific Islander women face in the United States is not new, but is historically and shamefully ignored by mainstream media, decision-makers, and often organizations like ours who are dedicated to bettering societal and environmental health.

Women’s Health Organization Cautions Educators About Harmful Exposures to Toxic Chemicals in Disinfectants

To help prevent the overuse and the misuse of disinfectants in schools, Women’s Voices for the Earth has released a toolkit for parents and guardians on how to talk to educators about safer alternatives. The toolkit includes a comprehensive list of EPA-certified safer disinfectants to combat COVID-19 that use active ingredients like hydrogen peroxide instead of toxic quats. But beyond disinfectants, the toolkit also highlights how to use these products safely, and stresses the importance and effectiveness of hand-washing for keeping kids healthy.

Statement on George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery

Women’s Voices for the Earth is profoundly devastated and outraged by the recent brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. We are tired of seeing headlines and newsfeeds populate again and again with names, faces and stories of black men and women harmed by a system that often determines worth by our sex, wealth, and whiteness. The damage that occurs when certain groups are privileged or disadvantaged because of their gender, their class or their race, is not just catastrophic, it is fatal.
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