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Ms. Sascha Gabizon, Women in Europe for a Common Future

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Published on Jul 29, 2014

"Global Health and Environment in the Post-2015 Agenda: Lessons from the Fukushima nuclear accident"

Ms. Sascha Gabizon / Women in Europe for a Common Future
HD, 8 min 44 sec, in English


2014, March 10, Monday, 4:30PM to 6PM
at the Armenia Convention Center, NYC

Human Rights Now, Physicians for Social Responsibility & Women in Europe for a Common Future present:

What: Almost three years have passed since March 11, 2011, when the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami caused structural damage to the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in a massive leakage of radioactive materials into the environment. Today, the TEPCO still does not know how to stop the ongoing radioactive leaks from its facilities. Residents are entitled to live in a safe and healthy environment, however, sufficient protective measures and supports are not provided in contaminated areas, and the rights to access to medical treatment and to know about one’s own body have been seriously denied.

Similar nuclear disasters could happen again so long as we have nuclear power plants, nuclear facilities and nuclear weapons. The Fukushima nuclear accident teaches us that nuclear energy is not sustainable, and that such a disaster cannot respect the environment or the right to health of the most vulnerable. Furthermore, we have learned that contamination from a nuclear disaster can affect beyond national borders, yet we do not have an international framework on the accountability of private companies, which are responsible for nuclear accidents. The international community also needs to continue to discuss the possible long-term health risks associated with low dose radiation exposure, and implement an effective international coordination and response system, to minimize the consequences of nuclear accidents.

A human rights expert from Japan, an environmental and women’s activist from Europe, and a physician/health expert on radiation and nuclear related issues from the U.S. will speak about how to protect environment and health of women and girls from radiation exposure, and the importance of implementing lessons learnt from the Fukushima nuclear accident in a discussion on global health and environment as part of the Post-2015 Agenda.

WOMEN IN EUROPE FOR A COMMON FUTURE: Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), an international network of over 100 women’s, environmental and health organizations implementing projects in 40 countries and advocating globally for a healthy environment for all. WECF promotes a switch away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy towards sustainable and decentralized alternatives. It was officially registered as a foundation in 1994 in the Netherlands following an initiative of European women at the Rio 1992 Earth Summit, to work together for sustainable development and to give a voice and organization to the "Women Major Group" of Rio Agenda 21. Our project work brings safe ecological solutions to local problems in the areas of chemicals, sanitation, energy and food production. Our policy work at national, European, UN and international level brings women’s perspectives to policymakers. We enable women and men to participate at local and global levels in policy processes for sustainable development. WECF implements solutions locally and influences policy internationally. (http://www.wecf.eu/english/about-wecf/).

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