Wen Forum 11th July at Manchester Museum. Book: www.wen.org.uk What would a feminist approach to food justice look like?

#FoodJustice  #WenForum



6pm – Registration, stalls & drinks

7pm – Welcome and guest speakers

7.35pm – Meal

8.10pm -Guest speakers

8.30pm – Music performances and film

8.55pm – Final words

9pm – Event ends


MUD kitchen banner
MUD Kitchen is part of MUD, a not-for-profit Social Enterprise. MUD makes places to grow food in Greater Manchester, bringing people together, improving wellbeing and the environment with the idea to be part of a better, local food system.
MUD Kitchen uses fresh produce from Platt Fields Market Garden and other local and organic suppliers to make delicious, seasonal comfort food. MUD compost their own food waste on site and preserve gluts and surplus. You can find MUD Kitchen at Platt Fields Market Garden, doing street food pop ups and catering events like this one. 


Menu for Wen Forum


Lord Mayor Jasmine Dar.


Councillor Yasmine Dar was born in South Yorkshire but was raised in Manchester. She is a proud Mancunian and has lived in Manchester for over fifty years, alongside her five brothers and one sister.

As a child, Yasmine attended Manley Park Primary School and Whalley Range High School. She then attended Abraham Moss College, where she studied Art and Design, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. After working for several years, Yasmine took the decision to go back to education and completed a Diploma and Certificate in Welfare Studies. She began working for a Welfare Rights Organisation supporting and advising individuals regarding their rights and entitlements. Yasmine soon realised making a difference to the lives of others by providing the right support and advice was her vocation.

Yasmine has had her fair share of trials and tribulations but has not let any of those struggles or difficulties keep her down. Empowered by her life experiences, while being a mother to two daughters, Yasmine completed a BA Hons in Social Work from Salford University.

In 2009, Yasmine and her brother Majid set up a charity for young people called Community on Solid Ground. It is now an award-winning service, and more than 400 young people access its activities on a weekly basis. Yasmine’s working life has included helping some of the most vulnerable and stigmatised in our communities around mental ill health, domestic abuse, and the criminal justice system.

Yasmine has valued the support of her loving parents, especially her late father M. Akram Dar, who encouraged her to become involved in local politics. Yasmine knew she could make a difference and is committed to standing up for peace, justice and equality for all. She was elected to Manchester City Council in 2014 as Councillor for Moston ward. Yasmine is a proud socialist and community activist. Soon after becoming a councillor, she was elected onto the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee – its highest governing body. This is a great achievement for a working- class, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic woman.

Life taught Yasmine that she could empower herself to do better, and this is why her year as Lord Mayor will have the theme of self-empowerment. Yasmine says: “I am truly humbled and honoured to be the Lord Mayor of the City of Manchester. I will represent the great people of this city, and inspire and empower others on this journey.”

Yasmine will be supported by her daughter Amina as Lady Mayoress, and her brother Majid Dar as Consort during her year.

Twitter: @LordMayorOfMcr

Agatha, SAWN


In Malawi, Agatha was called a journalist and an actress, she moved to UK in 2009 and lost her identity, career and power over her living condition. She is now called an asylum seeker, a refugee and a service user, who is not allowed to work or contribute to the economy of this country. 
Agatha has never allowed her situation to stop her from dreaming and empowering women. She decided to use her journalism experience to promote SAWN online and also to support other women that are struggling like her.
She is passionate about women’s mental wellbeing and also an HIV activist in Manchester, she is a founder of Agatha space, a SAWN’s safe space for African women living with HIV. Her dream is to normalise HIV conversations in our communities and in our homes to end HIV stigma and new HIV infections.
Agatha likes to share her life story to empower and motivate people that are going through what she is going through, to change the systems that does not recognise people like her but also to change her life. Seeing women striving and doing well emotionally and financially makes Agatha a happy person.


Victoria Holden is a passionate social entrepreneur and the founder of Northern Lily CIC, a social enterprise that aims to connect people to nature and teach sustainable gardening techniques working in harmony with nature to grow food and communities. She believes in empowering individuals and communities through engaging education that leaves people with skills and confidence to grow. The vision for Northern Lily CIC is to improve the lives of people in communities and create a more just and equitable society for all through green careers. With her strong leadership skills and dedication to social justice, Victoria is a role model for others who seek to make a positive impact in their communities.

Northern Lily CIC and charity SAWN in partnership, with support from Oldham Council and Lankelly Chase have developed Grass Roots Oldham Women’s Enterprise, an acre site in Oldham dedicated to growing food and communities through green social enterprise.


Jo is one of the founders of MUD CIC and currently spends her time focusing on MUD Kitchen, events and marketing and squeezes in some garden design and growing at Platt Fields Market Garden too. 
Jo has background in art and design, hospitality and sustainable food and has in interests in science, social justice and music. 
Shaheda, Wen

SHAHEDA AZIZ, community food hub COORDINATOR

Shaheda trained as an Early Years Teacher, then later as a community gardener at a local city urban farm. Happiest when working with nature, growing food, centered around well-being and positive living.

manchester museum - Chloe


Chloe  (she/her) is the new Social Justice Manager at Manchester Museum, where her work focusses on ensuring the museum is embodying its principles of care, inclusion and imagination in all its work across social justice issues affecting staff and communities inside and outside of the museum walls.

Chloe is also a youth worker and community organiser based in Manchester. She is the Strategic Lead for Rainbow Noir, a volunteer led social, peer support and community action group for LGBTQI people of colour and Co-Director at Colours Youth Network; a national organisation supporting LGBTQI youth and youth workers of colour. 



One of the mighty women on Woman’s Hour’s 2020 Our Planet Power List, Zarina previously worked at the Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations leading the charge for increasing participation in environmentalism in Scotland. Since being told that “ethnic minorities aren’t interested in climate change”, Zarina has dedicated herself to creating pathways for under-represented groups to work in environmental organisations – increasing not only a diversity of people, but a diversity of ideas by providing training and creating learning spaces. In response to the lack of specific data about ethnic minority groups and environmentalism, Zarina is now researching sustainable behaviours within BAME communities in the UK for a PhD at the University of Manchester and is also a researcher on a Food Justice project, Just FACT in London and an advisor for Wen (Women’s Environmental Network).

Zarina has created spaces for marginalised women’s voices to be heard about climate issues, Climate Sisters who exhibit their creative work at various venues such as the Glasgow Science Centre, the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Zarina’s accolades include recognition by Edinburgh Science Institute as an inspirational woman who has made a significant impact in STEM featuring her in 2021’s festival.

More recently Zarina received the coveted Emma Goldman Award for her feminist work on climate justice and inequalities.

Zarina has a number of board positions including the Scottish Women’s Budget Group and is on the directorate team of Climate X Change.

Twitter: @ZarinaAhmad13



SAWN choir


The Kindling Trust

MUD Manchester


Lady Pedal

Marbury Road Edible Garden

The Manc Forager

Gaskell Gardening Project

A Mind Full of Trees


About the Just Food and Climate Transition (Just FACT) and Blueprint Publication


Just FACT is a 5 year partnership programme in Tower Hamlets supporting community-led solutions for a sustainable and socially just urban food system.

The Blueprint Architects, are a group of community members co-ordinated by Platform, who creating a ‘blueprint’ for a climate-friendly food system that addresses inequality and injustice.

The groups first publication will contain their vision for the local food system, powerful case studies and initial recommendations for change.


read the blueprint architects report

About the Feminist Green New Deal

The Feminist Green New Deal project champions an intersectional feminist approach to the climate crisis. This joint project with the Women’s Budget Group  is unique in joining up grassroots engagement with policy work.

Food production, consumption and preparation is highly gendered, so taking an intersectional feminist approach is crucial for working towards a just food and climate transition.

The Food Policy Paper, published later this year, is part of a Feminist Green New Deal policy paper series and final report which outline key policy recommendations needed to create a green, caring and equal economy.


Read draft policy paper


Wen is the only UK charity working on issues that connect gender, health, equality and the environment. Our office is based in East London where we run projects alongside our national campaigns.  These include running a community food growing network, a food pantry, a reusable nappy scheme, as weel as national campaigns such as Environmenstrual (addressing period stigma and championing plastic-free and reusable period products) and The Feminist Green New Deal.  

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