We, especially women and children, know that access to accurate information when facing natural disasters and environmental pollution can be very difficult. This was the unfortunate reality for women in the wake of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in the immediate aftermath, and led to unnecessary radiation exposures. With the impending lifting of evacuation orders in some of the more contaminated areas of Fukushima and the loss of housing support for so-called “self-evacuees,” mothers are being again forced into an impossible choice. Whether to return to these contaminated areas – which some may now be forced to do due to the loss of housing support and compensation – or attempt to establish a life elsewhere. As women are already at a significant economic disadvantage, mothers wishing to remain evacuated to protect themselves and their children are being deliberately coerced to return through financial pressure. This is a violation of both domestic law and international human rights.
In this event, we will explore these intersections of women’s and children’s human rights and environmental pollution. Greenpeace will further discuss the radiation monitoring work it has been conducting from two weeks after the disaster up to the present, and what it means in the context of the Abe Government’s resettlement policies.
We invite all to join us!