Women & Environments International Magazine

Biannual Canadian journal examing women in their natural and social environments from a feminist viewpoint.

Articles from No. 76/77, Fall

B.C. Politics Rap
Activists Talking: Hey there, ya'll. We got something to say about breast cancer. Did you know another woman in this country dies every 12 minutes? And sometime in her life, one in seven women will get breast cancer? That ain't right. Worse still, too...
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Breast Cancer: The Link with Pesticides
IntroductionBreast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women throughout the world, and it exacts a tragic toll: an estimated 1.15 million women got breast cancer, and 411,000 died from it in 2002. There are an estimated 4.4 million women alive...
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Changing Times: The WEI Legacy Continues
"When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge." This quote is one of my favourites, and since the past few months have seen many exciting changes for WEI, I thought that it would also be an appropriate way to start this issue, which happens to be the...
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Keeping Babies Safe: Why We Need Global Breast Milk Monitoring
I vividly remember the day my husband and I first heard at a conference in San Francisco, California, that certain manmade chemicals to which we are exposed through food, air, water and everyday products, could build up in women's breast milk. We also...
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Knowing What Hurts Us: The Gray Area of Toxics Research
Many industrial chemicals widely used in our society are potentially hazardous to women and their children. In California work has been underway to ban one group of chemicals which potentially cause serious health problems including neuro-toxic effects:...
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Mercury, Fish and Childbearing: What Every Woman Should Know to Protect Children and the Planet
Survey findings, published in the campaign report entitled "Halting the child brain drain: Why we need to tackle global mercury contamination"1, demonstrated women's current levels of mercury as a concrete example of low-level exposure to an environmental...
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Mercury Research Bears Fruit in the Amazon
In a small village beside a river in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, 26 women keep a conscientious daily record of everything they eat for a year. They also let their hair grow. By the end of the year, they have produced detailed food diaries and...
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Poverty, Pests and Pesticides Sold on South Africa's Streets: Implications for Women and Health
Kagisoi awoke to the sound of whimpers, scratching at the small red welts covering her arms. Her gaze was captured not by her three children lying on mats on the floor, scratching and softly whining, but on the quick movement of the cockroaches descending...
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Revealing the Toxic Truth: A Case Study of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
The word activism can be a loaded term. It conjures up images of protesting, picketing, marching, and even fasting. Historically, activism has been depicted as being irrational, chaotic, political, and even dangerous. Today, in an era where environmentalism...
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Tainted Milk: Breastmilk, Feminisms and the Politics of Environmental Degradation
TAINTED MILK: BREASTMILK, FEMINISMS AND THE POLITICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION Boswell-Pene, Maia. (2006) State University of New York PressReview by Sharmila Shewprasad"Breastmilk is like the canary in the mine. Scientists often use samples of breastmilk...
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The Beloved Community
THE BELOVED COMMUNITYA film by Pamela Calvert/Plain Speech Productions, 2006Review by Beverley ThorpeWhen I was a Greenpeace campaigner working on toxic chemical campaigns in the 1980s, I saw and smelled stinking effluents from factories, and tracked...
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The Exposure of Bedouin Women to Waste Related Hazards: Gender, Toxins and Multiple Marginality in the Negev (Israel)
Traditional semi-nomadic pastoralist Bedouin lifestyles generated little waste that was hazardous or non-organic. As Bedouin adopted more sedentary and westernized lifestyles, however, the nature of their consumption changed, generating volumes and kinds...
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The Toxic Treatment: Harmful Chemicals in Canadian Cosmetics
Moisturizers, conditioners, hair dyes, lipstick, nail polish, perfumes and soaps: all of these are cosmetics and some are hard to avoid. Canadians spend approximately $5.3 billion on cosmetics annually, and yet we give very little thought to the long-term...
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The U.S. Nail Salon Industry: Booming Business, Growing Concern
In the United States, the beauty industry is booming in response to increasing consumer demand for nail, skin, hair, and other personal care services. "Mani/ Pedis" are all the rage as customers want to be pampered with the latest nail colours and designs....
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WE Resources
Selected Print Resources on Women and ToxinsBrown, Phil and Ferguson, Faith. Making a Big Stink: Women's Work, Women's Relationships, and Toxic Waste Activism. Gender and Society. Vol. 9 No. 2 145-172 1995Blanc, Paul David. How Everyday Products Make...
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What in Tar Nation?
The Alberta Tar Sands are the largest industrial project in human history. Although the province has become an attractive point of relocation for many in the last couple of decades, creating a large number of high paying jobs, those without the resources,...
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