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Consumer rights and product safety on Brown is Beautiful Webinar

The Philippine Women’s University-School of Arts and Sciences (Environment Science Department) in partnership with the National Council of Women of the Philippines, together with the Girl Scouts of the Philippines; National Federation of Women’s Clubs; Young Women’s Christian Association; Catholic Women’s League; Philippine Federation of Business & Professional Women; Imus Institute of Science & Technology; and Ecowaste Coalition will hold a Webinar on Brown is Beautiful on November 19, Thursday at 1:30PM via Google Meet and live-streamed on Facebook Live via PWU.OfficialFanpage.

ABSTRACT. Women are often faced with stigma and discrimination with regard to their personal appearance. This stigma is driven by culture, perception and the public’s behavior as to what is expected of them by the public. In this webinar, we will amplify our campaign against the use of mercury-containing personal care products such as skin lightening creams. This webinar is also an attempt to continue educating the public of our rights as consumers to product information and to product safety; cautioning the public against purchasing and using personal care products such as skin lightening creams and soaps containing mercury and other harmful substances; and strengthening consumer vigilance against unsafe cosmetics. Toward the end, I will convey messages to the consumers, businessmen and women, and government officials.

Aileen Lucero is an environmental activist and a prominent figure in the environmental movement in the Philippines as the national coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition (EWC). Being with EWC for more than a decade, Aileen is sought after by both media and policy-making bodies to provide inputs on a wide range of chemical safety and waste issues. EWC spearheaded community action against mercury tainted skin whitening products harming women in the guise of vanity and beauty since 2006. It has led to several exposé that pave way to a number of FDA advisories, recall orders and policies. Ms Lucero advocates for the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in delivering better environmental outcomes. She strongly believes that the Filipina skin tone reflects our country’s pride – because, Brown is Beautiful!

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