WEBINAR – WHY THE GREEN NEW DEAL MUST BE FEMINIST!

Help shape the Feminist Green New Deal Manifesto that will be launched at COP26 Glasgow Climate Talks in November. 

 
Join us at this free event to celebrate International Women’s Day. In the first of a programme of events and workshops, leading up to COP26 we will hear from the authors of the UK Feminist Green New Deal policy paper. This event will be interactive – we want to hear from you!

EVENT DETAILS:

Thursday 11th March 12.30 – 1.30pm

You will receive an exclusive summary of the Feminist Green New Deal once you register. A Zoom link will be shared once you’ve booked your place.

Please note this is a FREE event but places are capped, so registration is important.

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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 was presented to the Commission for a Gender Equal Economy last year. 

Covid-19 has exposed, serious inequalities and lack of resilience in our economy with women and people of colour 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. 

SPEAKERS

ZARINA AHMAD, WEN ADVISER

Combining Equalities and Climate Change, Zarina has been working in the environmental sector for over 10 years. Her aim has been to change the landscape of the environmental sector to ensure there is more engagement and a platform to amplify the voices from the Ethnic Minority sector.  Zarina developed and set up the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network, a platform for EM voices, a network for emerging climate leaders. She has previously managed a Climate Challenge Funded project which led to working in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful developing over 150 EM Climate Challenge Funded projects across Scotland. Zarina was recently named as one of the top 30 influential women in environment by BBC’s Women’s Hour and is currently studying for a PhD on sustainability at University of Manchester. 

DR SHERILYN MACGREGOR, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Co-author of the Feminist Green New Deal UK policy paper, Sherilyn 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.   

MAEVE COHEN, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Maeve is Maeve is a campaigner, organiser and researcher working to build inclusive economies that serve people and planet. She works as a consultant at various ‘new economy’ organisations and is Campaign Manager at Discover Economics, an organisation working to encourage more female, low-income and ethnically minoritized students to study economics and diversify the subject. She recently completed a masters in Political Economy at the University of Manchester. During her undergraduate degree Maeve co-founded Rethinking Economics, an international, student-led campaign to reform economics education. Upon graduation, Maeve worked at the Institute for Public Policy Research before returning to Rethinking Economics as Director in 2017.

ROSHINI THAMOTHERAM

Roshini is the Campaigns Project Coordinator at Wen. She has a passion for social justice. Having been a classroom teacher, outdoor educator and activist with marginalised groups, she recently completed a MA in Race, Media and Social Justice at Goldsmiths University.

SARA REIS

Sara is Head of Research and Policy at the Women’s Budget Group. Sara 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 joined the Women’s Budget Group in 2017 and has been involved in various projects including research on female poverty, funding for the women’s sector, affordable housing, economic circumstances of migrant women in the UK and impact of Covid-19 on women in Coventry.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. Book your place below on our Zoom webinar.  You will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link.
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Read the Feminist Green New Deal briefing and policy paper.

Part of the Feminist Green New Deal Project in partnership with Wen & Women’s Budget Group

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