DO WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN OUR PERIOD PRODUCTS?

Join us for this exciting event for Environmenstrual Week

Lack of specific legislation and transparency about hidden ingredients means we could be exposed to harmful chemicals in our period products without our knowledge. Join our panel of speakers to discuss why we need specific legislation for period products, what we can do to ensure we get it and to explore what impacts the taboos and stigma around menstruation have had on this process. 

EVENT DETAILS:

13th October 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Free online event. A zoom link will be sent to you once you have registered

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This year Wen is joined by another truly wonderful panel of experts from very different parts of the world. The discussion will focus on the need for specific legislation for all period products in the UK and worldwide. And the lack of transparency by the mainstream period product manufacturers around the intentional and unintentional potentially harmful ingredients that have been found in many period products. Ingredients which can harm our health, the health of wildlife and ultimately the health of the planet. 

But what role have the taboos and stigma around menstruation had on the human rights of women, girls and people who menstruate had on this process? And how has this dictated the products we use and how we dispose of them? 

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Speaker panel:

  • Professor Chris Bobel (Author and Chair of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.)
  • Alexandra Scranton  (Women’s Voices for the Earth)
  • Priti Mahesh (Toxics Link India)

*More speakers to be confirmed

SPEAKERS

PROFESSOR CHRIS BOBEL

Chris Bobel, PhD is Professor and Chair of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As a scholar of social movements, she is curious about how feminist thinking becomes feminist doing at the most intimate and immediate levels. At the intersection of these interests lies menstrual activism —a research and advocacy focus that has sustained Chris’s interest for nearly two decades.

Her most recent major publications include The Managed Body: Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South (Palgrave Macmillan), Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions and Transformations (Vanderbilt University Press), and the open source Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies. She is at work on a new ethnographic (and surprisingly non-menstrual) project exploring contemporary activism inspired by grief and trauma. 

PRITI MAHESH – CHIEF PROGRAMME COORDINATOR TOXICS LINK 

Priti Mahesh has been campaigning on the issues of waste and chemicals for more than a decade, with special focus on e-waste, plastic and urban hotspots. Her expertise in research and policy advocacy is well-recognised. Priti has researched, written and presented about issues ranging from e-waste and bio medical waste to industrial pollution and from mercury to plastics. She has in-depth understanding of the informal recycling space and has written about different models to integrate them in the emerging scenarios of waste management. She has authored many publications on some of these issues and has been widely quoted in regional, national and international media.

Priti has executed various projects and has spearheaded many public campaigns on the issues of e-waste, plastic and environmental education. She has also represented Toxics Link in various national and international forums.

Priti studied Physics from Calcutta University and is also a trained Bharatnatyam and Odissi dancer. Email: priti@toxicslink.org

ALEXANDRA SCRANTON – WOMEN’S VOICES FOR THE EARTH (WVE)

Alexandra Scranton is the Director of Science and Research at Women’s Voices for the Earth. Alex authors WVE’s scientific reports and provides scientific review for the organization’s programs. Prior to working at WVE, she worked in the epidemiology and statistics unit at the American Lung Association headquarters in New York. She currently sits on the Research Advisory Committee for the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and on the Institutional Biosafety Committee for Rocky Mountain Laboratories (a National Institutes of Health facility). She has a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a B.A. from Amherst College. Alex lives and works from Cheyenne, WY with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

More speakers to be confirmed.

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