I’ve been volunteering with WEN for two and a half months and it’s been such a valuable and fulfilling experience that I find it difficult to put it into words without reverting to every single cliché I can think of. Having written and rewritten this blog a thousand times, I’ve realised that I’m unable to escape the clichés, so I’ve decided to embrace them! So strap yourselves in, get your sick bowls at the ready, and prepare for the soppiest, mushiest blog you can imagine, as I use metaphors, idioms and hyperboles to describe my experience in WENderland.
In our new series of blogs we meet some of the women behind Women's Environmental Network. In this blog Julia talks about her work at WEN but also her passion for women's health and the environment.
"Through WEN we learn that environmental problems are not something very far away and abstract, but instead they're deeply personal and everyday. I believe the next big step towards a sustainable society is in recognising the fundamental link between human health and the environment"
The release of Climate Justice by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, is a valuable account and timely call to re-evaluate the effectiveness of approaches taken to tackle climate change. A must-read for all those in need of a good dose of hope-inducing, fight-inspiring call to action.
The first year of Live Well courses has just ended and I must say I have been super lucky to be involved in this project that bonds healthy cooking with organic vegetables you can grow at your home - by Live Well Project Coordinator Clyo Parecchini
The ability of gardening and growing your own food to inspire learning and discovery of common ground between people coming from different contexts is the driving force behind the Soil Sisters project, which sees the Women’s Environmental Network partnering with five womens’ refuges across northeast London to deliver gardening sessions and empower the residents of each refuge to transform their gardens into beautifully productive and therapeutic spaces.
In Oxfam’s ‘Behind the Barcode’ supermarket scorecard, Aldi, Morrison’s and Lidl all scored 0% for their treatment of women, with Tesco at 5%, Sainsbury’s at 10% and ASDA 29%. It is a damning paradox that the people producing our food, even here in Europe, have to go without food themselves because they are simply not being paid enough. And that women – whose labour has been consistently and historically undervalued, underpaid or not even paid at all – are coming out worse, even in these already low standards - by Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East and member of both the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) and Environmental Audit (EAC) Select Committees.
Once you've encountered WEN, it never quite leaves you…..right from the start, working at WEN was quite a change; I'd never worked anywhere before with a wormery, nor had had menstrual leave written in to my contract, nor enjoyed a place of work where any biscuits brought in for meetings were always organic!
Interview with Gabby Edlin, founder of Bloody Good Period, talking to us about all things menstrual. Gabby talks openly and honestly about her experiences setting up a charity and being a member of the Environmenstrual Coalition.
Interview with Shaira and Shahida - The first episode of our 'Women We Salute' Podcast, interviewing inspiring women who are working and volunteering in the environmental sector. This week we have our Leadership Programme Internship graduates Shaira and Shahida.
Listen to the informative and rather hilarious podcast about periods. Julia speaks with Dave and Ol from Sustainababble about the Environmenstrual Campaign.
Environmenstrual Coalition member Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) has released independent product-testing results that reveal undisclosed toxic chemicals in tampons.
Last week, along with France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Romania, the UK was called by the European Commission to Europe’s highest court after failing to address ‘unlawful’ levels of nitrogen dioxide-based air pollution. While the UK is not alone in this regard with 26 of the 28 EU Member States currently breaching air quality legislation that has been binding for years, WEN’s focus on linking women, health and environment make highlighting this issue in a local context invaluable.
WEN has recently launched an Environmenstrual campaign and crowdfunder. Here Natasha Piette-Basheer, Environmenstrual Coordinator explains more about the campaign and the issues.
The end of an era and the beginning of another. Our seventh and final article of the quarter is dedicated to and marks a new beginning for Meghan Markle, who became the first Duchess of Sussex when she married Prince Harry on Saturday 19th May.
Vegan beauty care is taking the world by storm, and we approve. People deserve the option to be able to wear make-up to lift their confidence levels without having to introduce any hidden harmful chemicals into their systems. They should also be entitled to purchase makeup without having to negatively impact the lives of wildlife and the environment. Here we interview Nat Van Zee, Clean Beauty Consultant. We applaud her success in the movement to make vegan make-up mainstream, and hope you enjoy reading her inspiring #WomenWeSalute2018 interview.