To officially launch the UK Feminist Green New Deal policy paper , Wen and The Women’s Budget Group will be live online to discuss what this would look like and how it would work. We will be joined by the authors of the policy paper for an in-depth discussion, with time for participants to ask questions.
Wednesday 20th May 12.30 – 2pm
Online webinar via Zoom – the link will be shared once you’ve booked your place
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You have probably heard of the Green New Deal but what about a Feminist Green New Deal? Back in September 2019 a coalition of women’s rights and climate activists in the USA including WEDO (Women’s Environment and Development Organization), launched a Feminist Agenda for a Green New Deal. The Feminist Green New Deal Principles call for advancing reproductive justice, the creation of regenerative economies centered on feminist analysis and understanding of the care economy, a shift from exploitative and unsustainable production patterns and a rejection of false solutions to the climate crisis.
Wen and The Women’s Budget Group have published a policy paper which outlines the key elements of what a Feminist Green New Deal would look like in the UK, bringing a gender analysis to the Green New Deal and transitioning to a green economy. This will be presented to the Commission for a Gender Equal Economy later this year.
At this webinar, Sara Reis from the UK Women’s Budget Group and Chair of the Women’s Environmental Network, Halima Begum, interview authors of an exciting new policy paper to discuss: ‘What would a Feminist Green New Deal look like?’
Covid-19 has exposed serious inequalities and lack of resilience in our economy with women bearing the brunt of exposure and economic downturn. Rebuilding from the health and economic crises will require dramatic socio-economic transformation which prioritises people and planet. We need to increase our readiness for future climate crises and take extraordinary action to mitigate the worst of the climate emergency, especially for women who are ‘last consulted first affected.’
The set of ideas broadly known as a ‘Green New Deal’ has a lot to say about the changes needed to tackle global inequality and climate catastrophe but, it hasn’t always considered how gender, or other forms of discrimination like race or class, interact with the climate emergency in the UK. In this interview, Sherilyn MacGregor and Maeve Cohen from The University of Manchester explore what applying a feminist lens to the Green New Deal ideas can tell us about creating a gender-equal, carbon-neutral future for the UK.
MAEVE COHEN, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Maeve is Director of Rethinking Economics and is currently studying for a Masters in Political Economy at the University of Manchester. Maeve was a co-founder of the Post-Crash Economics Society (PCES) at the University of Manchester. PCES went on to become one of the founding groups of Rethinking Economics, an international, student-led campaign to reform economics education.
DR SARAH REIS, WOMEN’S BUDGET GROUP
Sara is Research & Policy Officer at WBG. She has a PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield and previous experience in the rights of victims of crime, women’s rights in the EU, and the impact of migration on local areas in England. She is currently researching the issues that vulnerable women face, including poverty and access to adequate and affordable housing. Sara is also the coordinator of the WBG Early-Career Network, a group of young researchers working on the gendered impacts of public policy.
DR SHERILYN MACGREGOR, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
She is an academic at The University of Manchester whose research focuses on the relationship between feminist and environmental politics. Sherilyn advocates an intersectional ecofeminism for the 99% and explores what a just future could look like in the face of climate emergency.
DR HALIMA BEGUM, WEN
Halima is Wen’s Chair of Trustees. Born in Bangladesh and brought up in Tower Hamlets, her 20-year career spans international work and education. Her activism has focused on anti-racism, co-founding Tower Hamlets Women Unite Against Racism.