The Big Stink! - take action now - contact your MP!

The Big Stink! - take action now - contact your MP!

If the UK does not stay in REACH after Brexit, it will lose access to its database, potentially putting the environment and people’s health at risk because the UK Government would not be able to properly assess whether or not a chemical was harmful. Aware of this risk, some MPs are backing a new amendment to this Bill - called New Closure 61.  WEN is asking its' supporters to contact their MP requesting that they support this amendment.

 

London Environmental Strategy - WEN's response

London Environmental Strategy - WEN's response

"WEN would like to see more emphasis on lifestyle changes from Londoners that would help to deliver the aims of the strategy. We also hope that the Health Strategy and the Environment Strategy will be strongly linked, as they are complementary and would strengthen each other"

A dangerous side of Brexit: chemicals 

A dangerous side of Brexit: chemicals 

Guest blog by: Andrea Speranza, Brexit Campaigner, CHEM Trust - Currently we are protected from hazardous chemicals by the EU's leading chemicals policy, REACH, which, although not perfect, is considered the best chemical regulation in the world.  But this all is about to change as the UK government do not want to stay in this world-leading EU chemical law after Brexit.

Launching soon the UK's first reuseable menstrual underwear!

Launching soon the UK's first reuseable menstrual underwear!

In a bid to reduce tampon and menstrual pad waste pollution and to help menstruators experience a more comfortable and hygienic period, founder of WUKA Wear, Ruby Raut, has designed underwear especially for menstruators and has launched WUKA Period Underwear this November 2017 as a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

Thoughts on blood

Thoughts on blood

This blog post offers some thoughts provoked by the recent ad campaign from Bodyform and Libresse; the first to realistically portray period blood in the media. What can be achieved by battling the stigma surrounding menstruation? Have a look at the advert and see what you think...

COP23's Gender Action Plan

COP23's Gender Action Plan

On November 13th, 2017, the Fiji Presidency announced the first Gender Action Plan at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn. This blog takes a look at the integration of gender in UNFCCC proceedings and what is being done to promote gender equality across all governmental levels in order to recognise the important role women can play in climate action. 

What's Actually In Our Skincare Products Anyway?

What's Actually In Our Skincare Products Anyway?

GUEST BLOG: SkinNinja - Discover what's hiding in your skincare products...

WEN likes to support small eco friendly enterprises run by women.   

In a recent survey, it was revealed that, on average, women apply 16 products onto their skin every day!

 

WEN's Autumn Gathering

WEN's Autumn Gathering

Thank you to everyone who came to our Autumn Gathering on the 13th of September - read on for a brief summary and some pictures of the day, and to find out more about the different stallholders and local gardening projects who attended.

Kate Metcalf, Co-Director, WEN talks ecofeminism

Kate Metcalf, Co-Director, WEN talks ecofeminism with jeremy moulton, lecturer of Environmental Politics, the University of York.

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In this audio podcast, Jeremy Moulton interviews Kate Metcalf, Co-director of the Women's Environmental Network (WEN).  They discuss ecofeminism - the concept that identifies connections between the causes of prejudice against women and the causes of environmental degradation. As the conversation reveals, ecofeminism has developed from its early years of essentialism. WEN has taken the concept and applied it to its environmental action, leading to practices that reflect a markedly different approach from some of the more dominant environmental groups. This is a fascinating look into how the ideas surrounding ecologism can transform into practical and effective programmes for action, whilst also balancing the needs of people and the environment. 

Hear Kate talk about WEN's unique grass roots approach to ecofeminism by clicking below