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Groups Challenge Governments to Consign Mercury-Contaminated Skin Lightening Creams to History

Quezon City: Skin whitening products laced with mercury, a highly poisonous substance, remain a serious threat to public health, especially to women.

The EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental health organization, pointed to the uninterrupted marketing of imported skin lightening creams laden with mercury despite regulatory efforts to get these dangerous products out of commerce.

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IPEN will be participating in the second meeting of the conference of the parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) and has created a "Quick Views" document to address issues that will be taken up at the meeting, including mercury supply sources & trade, effetiveness evaluation, waste thresholds, contaminated sites, and more. Please find IPEN's Quick Views and information about our activities during the conference on our Mercury Treaty COP2 webpage

IPEN leaders Pam Miller (IPEN Co-Chair & Executive Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics), Olga Speranskaya (IPEN Senior Advisor & Co-Director of Health and Environmental Justice Support International) and Joe DiGangi (IPEN Senior Science and Technical Advisor) have written a blog to contribute to the series: "How to create a gender-just healthy planet." 

http://gender-chemicals.org/category/blog-series-how-to-create-a-gender-...

A safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right. Exposure to hazardous substances and wastes undermines this right and puts women, children, and other vulnerable groups at risk of human rights abuses. Throughout their lives, women are exposed to numerous hazardous chemicals that can harm them and our future generations by transfer across the placenta during fetal development and through breast milk to the nursing infant.

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