Survival of the Prettiest

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2003 National Women's Conference
24 October 2002
Carried as Amended

Conference is appalled at the body image of women promoted and marketed from the latter part of the 20th century as the one to which all women should aspire. Not only is this body image unachievable but more crucially it serves to support the rising sales of cosmetics and personal care products.

Conference agrees that this state of affairs is unacceptable, makes us unhappy and causes us to spend hard earned money trying to attain the impossible. But it also exposes us unnecessarily to a huge range of chemicals – some of which are toxic to humans or are known or suspected carcinogens.

This Conference commits itself to raise awareness to these dangers, especially amongst our younger members.

Conference therefore calls upon the National Women’s Committee to work with Regional Women’s Groups and the Women’s Environmental Network, to organise joint events throughout the regions to discuss and share information about the health related risks of cosmetics and personal care products.

As a result of this action Conference also calls upon National Women’s Committee to produce a new leaflet for the Women’s Health Pack, to advise young women on the health effects of striving for the perfection artificially created in the media.