WEN FORUM

The Wen Forum is a programme of events exploring environmental and health issues through a feminist lens. These popular forums take place quarterly and include speaker panel, Q&A session, networking, stalls and refreshments. Previous topics have included harmful chemicals, food, climate change, periods and air quality.  

To find details of the next Wen Forum, visit our events page.

AIR (E)QUALITY – WHAT’S GENDER, RACE & POVERTY GOT TO DO WITH AIR POLLUTION? – July 2019
  • Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets
  • Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, The Ella Roberta Family Foundation 
  • Claire McDonald, Mums for Lungs 
  • Natasha Graves, UpRising
  • Asad Rehman, CEO, War on Want
  • Guppi Bola, Spokesperson for Doctors Against Diesel
  • Tiffany Lam, NEF Consulting 
  • Film screening of Living, Breathing, London by Ross Field of Videoblogg Productions.
GENERATION PLASTIC – TOXIC CHEMICALS IN PLASTICS, WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? – March 2019
  • Emma Ross, Mamalina, plastic free vlogger and blogger 
  • Jayn Sterland, Managing Director, Weleda UK
  • Helen Lynn, Co-founder, CoolGreen and Health Adviser, WEN  
  • Dr Anna Watson, Head of Advocacy, CHEM Trust – Chair
  • Emma Priestland, Plastic Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
  • Chantal Van den Bossche, Head of Communications & Advocacy, WECF
  • Sammy Britten, Nappy Ever After
WHY WOMEN WILL SAVE THE PLANET – WOMEN’S URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP – March 2018
  • Leonie Cooper, Chair GLA Environment Committee
  • Dr Sherilyn MacGregor, University of Manchester
  • Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party
  • Liz Hutchins, Director of Campaigning Impacts, Friends of the Earth
  • Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, Director, Living Space Project, urban place making, green space & heritage strategist
  • Emmanuelle Pinault, Head of City Diplomacy, C40 Cities Network
THE BIG STINK – HARMFUL CHEMICALS IN EVERYDAY PRODUCTS & WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT! – October 2018
  • Francis Blake, Chair of the COSMOS-standard AISBL and former Standards Director, Soil Association
  • Jayn Sterland, Managing Director, Weleda (UK & Ireland)
  • Helen Lynn, Co-founder, CoolGreen and Health Adviser, WEN
  • Nat van Zee, International Make Up Artist & Clean Beauty Curator @vanzeebeauty
  • Dr A. Michael Warhurst, Executive Director, CHEM Trust

Film screening of Stink!

HOW CAN YOUR DIET CHANGE THE WORLD? – June 2017
  • Guy Watson, Founder, Riverford Organic Farmers
  • Dr Tara Garnett, Food Climate Research Network
  • Deidre Woods, Community Food Growers Network, BBC Cook of the Year 2016
  • Vicki Hird, Sustainable Farm Campaign Coordinator, Sustain
  • Sarah Bentley, Founder & Project Manager, Made In Hackney
  • Biba Hartigan, Founder & CEO, Climates Network
  • And food demo by Deidre Woods
TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017, THE WEN FORUM PRESENTED: HOW CAN PERIODS SAVE THE PLANET? – March 2017
  • Sally King – Director, Menstrual Matters
  • Tara Chandra – Co-Founder, FLO (organic tampon start up)
  • Kath Clements – Campaigns & Marketing Manager, Mooncup
  • Joshna Raghwani – Director Corporate Social Responsibility, Binti International
  • David Morrall – Trustee, Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund
WHAT’S GENDER GOT TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE? – March 2017
  • Juliet Davenport – CEO, Good Energy
  • Professor Susan Buckingham – Feminist, Geographer & Expert on Gender and Climate Change
  • Tina Louise Rothery – The Nanas, UK Anti Fracking Campaign
  • Ghalia Fayad, Programme Leader, Arab World Programme – Greenpeace Mediterranean & Break Free Coalition
  • Pia Hollenstein – Senior Women for Climate Protection Switzerland
WHAT’S FEMINISM GOT TO DO WITH THE ENVIRONMENT? – January 2017
  • Natalie Bennett, Former Party Leader of The Green Party of England and Wales
  • Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of the Earth
  • Lucy Bushill-Matthews, CEO, Muslim Action for Development and Environment
  • Marylyn Haines Evans, Public Affairs Chair, National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI)
  • Kate Metcalf, Co-director, Women’s, Environmental Network
  • Belinda Phipps, Chair, The Fawcett Society
  • Judy Ling Wong, President, Black Environment Network