Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy level.
This year, we asked members of the community of RH Reality Check to share with us–and you–their heroines and heroes for 2010… those people who have worked to promote sexual and reproductive justice, environmental justice, women’s human rights and the rights of LGBT persons. Just to be clear: This was not a contest and we did not intend to “choose” among these amazing people; rather we intended to recognize them all, as they were submitted by their colleagues.
Below are brief profiles of the people recognized by our colleagues, and the names of those who submitted them. The names appear in alphabetical order.
We give a special thanks to all the heroines and heroes working for rights and justice everywhere, and thank each of them, whether named here or not.
On Women’s Equality Day we should consider the potential for jumpstarting climate negotiations and the green economy by strengthening women’s leadership in these areas.
We now know the destination of around 40,000 tons of the spill waste: it’s headed for the families that have been getting dumped on for years.
As pressure to address climate change increases, long-simmering debates on the connections between population and environment have been renewed, debates that implicate women’s rights. Kasey Rae Jacobs offers her perspective on her first 5 days in Copenhagen.