EVENT PROGRAMME – WHY IS GENDER, RACIAL AND SOCIAL EQUITY KEY TO ADDRESSING THE CLIMATE CRISIS?

WEN FORUM

7th March 2024 6pm – 9pm

Amnesty International Human Rights Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

#WenForum  #FeministClimateJustice

PROGRAMME

 

6pm – Registration, stalls & drinks and food

7.20pm – Welcome 

7.25pm – Guest speakers

8pm – Panel discussion

8.25pm – Q&A

9pm – Event ends

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

  • Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director, Women’s Budget Group Twitter @WomensBudgetGrp
  • Roshini Thamotheram, Climate Sisters Programme Manager Instagram @Wen_UK  twitter @wen_UK 
  • Nina Jeffs, Academy Associate, Chatham House Instagram @chathamhouse_org and twitter @ChathamHouse
  • Dr. Amiera Sawas, Head Of Research And Policy, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative Instagram @fossilfueltreaty and Twitter @fossiltreaty
  • Ndivile Mokoena, Project Coordinator for GenderCC Southern Africa – a gender, climate, and social justice activist 
  • Lola Fayokun, Youth Climate Justice Campaigner, member of Advisory Board, Uplift 
  • Chaired by Monique Johnson, Chair of Trustees, Wen

 

SPEAKER BIOS

MONIQUE JOHNSON, CHAIR OF TRUSTEES, WEN

MONIQUE JOHNSON, CHAIR OF TRUSTEES, WEN 

Event chair – Monique oversees Social Purpose transformation for the University of Arts London (UAL), Europe’s largest higher education institute dedicated to the study of fashion, art, design and the performing arts. Social Purpose at UAL is concerned with empowering creative communities,  building an inclusive society, stabilising the climate whilst regenerating our environment and ensuring more equitable prosperity and well-being. 

Dr-Mary-Ann-Stephenson-

DR MARY-ANN STEPHENSON, DIRECTOR, WOMEN’S BUDGET GROUP

Mary-Ann has been active in the Women’s Budget Group for over twenty years and was appointed as its first Director in 2017. Before this role, she was a freelance consultant specialising in women’s equality and human rights and has been Director of the Fawcett Society and a Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission. She is a trustee of Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre and of Just Fair. She has a PhD in Law from the University of Warwick. Twitter @WomensBudgetGrp

 

Nina Jeffs

NINA JEFFS, ACADEMY ASSOCIATE, CHATHAM HOUSE, FORMERLY WOMEN4CLIMATE PROGRAMME MANAGER FOR C40 CITIES

Nina Jeffs is an Academy Associate in the Environment and Society Programme at Chatham House, where she provides analysis on climate change policies with a focus on social and gender equality. She also researches international climate politics and the relationships between sustainable development, inequality and climate change. Nina has worked on the intersection of climate change and gender and social equality in grassroots organisations as well as at UN Women and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She received a BA (Hons) in Human, Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge as a Girdlers’ Scholar, and an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, Beijing, as a Schwarzman Scholar. Instagram @chathamhouse_org and twitter @ChathamHouse

 

DR. AMIERA SAWAS, HEAD OF RESEARCH AND POLICY, FOSSIL FUEL NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY INITIATIVE

DR AMIERA SAWAS, HEAD OF RESEARCH AND POLICY, FOSSIL FUEL NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY INITIATIVE

Dr. Amiera Sawas is a feminist researcher and advocate who works at the intersections of climate change, gender justice, public participation and the social contract. She has worked on these issues across academia, the private sector and NGOs, with her previous roles at Climate Outreach, ActionAid and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College. Amiera has a PhD on water, climate and human rights in Pakistan and is a contributing author to the IPCC sixth assessment report on gender and climate security. As a person of Syrian and Irish heritage, with close links to Pakistan, she has lived life with an acute awareness of the impacts of colonial histories. She believes passionately in the need to decolonise. Instagram @fossilfueltreaty and Twitter @fossiltreaty

 

 

NDIVILE MOKOENA PROJECT COORDINATOR FOR GENDERCC SOUTHERN AFRICA

NDIVILE MOKOENA PROJECT COORDINATOR FOR GENDERCC SOUTHERN AFRICA

Ndivile is Project Coordinator for GenderCC Southern Africa – a gender, climate, and social justice activist. Specialising in policy advocacy, capacity building, training, and facilitation on the nexus of gender and climate change.  

 

LOLA FAYOKUN, YOUTH CLIMATE JUSTICE CAMPAIGNER, MEMBER OF ADVISORY BOARD, UPLIFT

LOLA FAYOKUN, YOUTH CLIMATE JUSTICE CAMPAIGNER, MEMBER OF ADVISORY BOARD, UPLIFT

Lola is a young climate campaigner. She is heavily involved with the UK Student Climate Network, the grassroots network hosting youth climate strikes in the UK. Her role with the network has seen her involvement in the organisation and delivery of Britain’s largest climate protests in history, as well as several educational projects and collaborative actions with groups such as Greenpeace and Green New Deal UK. Her work is centred around promoting an anti-racist vision of climate justice. You can contact her on Instagram @lola.fayokun and Twitter @femlxla.

roshini Wen

ROSHINI THAMOTHERAM, CLIMATE SISTERS PROGRAMME MANAGER

Roshini Thamotheram is a feminist researcher, educator, facilitator, and organiser. She holds an MA in Race and Social Justice and works with the Climate Sisters programme at Wen. @wen_uk

 

REBECCA EVANS-MERRITT, CLIMATE SISTERS COORDINATOR

Rebecca has a Fine Arts background and has worked in Production and Education. She loves living in Tower Hamlets and enjoying all the pockets of green amongst the city. @wen_uk

 

Aleya, Climate Sisters

ALEYA TAHER, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND ORGANISER

Aleya Taher is a community activist facilitator, and organiser. She holds a multitude of knowledge and works with the Teviot community in Tower Hamlets, East London, advocating for women, communities and justice.

 

STALLS

  • Claudia Jones Organisation
  • Green New Deal Rising
  • Limborough Hub
  • PAN
  • Feminist Green New Deal and Climate Sisters 
  • Just FACT
  • Wen

 

 

Thank you to Octopus Renewables for supporting this event

FEMINIST GREEN NEW DEAL

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. 

Read the Feminist Green New Deal policy papers 

A GREEN CARING ECONOMY FINAL REPORT
Key messages Green Caring Economy

ABOUT WEN

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