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AWHHE - Eight Women Strive for Health and Healthy Environment in Armenia

The Armenian Weekly is currently covering special reports about environmental organisations in Armenia, one of which focused on HEAL member Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE).

This is an inspiring group of eight women working in the field of environmental health and who coordinates research with local and international organisations with a main focus on chemical safety. The special report showcases their hard work over the last 14 years, where the women estimate they have been involved in about 100 projects. For example, AWHHE played an integral part in Armenia’s signing of the Stockholm Convention, an international treaty outlawing various organic pollutants.

The women have had a successful study and campaign for safe children’s toys, where they cooperated with five other countries in the Caucuses and Central Asia to test various toys for dangerous toxins. After determining that 20 percent of the toys contained at least one toxic chemical, they were successfully able to pressure the government for stronger regulations on imported products.

AWHHE runs environmental education programs for children as well as agricultural outreach programs focused on the use of safer chemicals as opposed to harmful pesticides. Evidently, AWHHE has found success in using scientific research for social change.

You can read the full article here

Below: Student award winners of an AWHHE essay contest on environmental issues

Above: AWHHE visits a pesticide disposal site in Armenia with national and international authorities

Last updated on 13 November 2014

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