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The WEN FORUM, is a quarterly symposium featuring key note speakers discussing topics of the moment.   Always inspiring, topical and sometimes controversial!  Book early to take advantage of our Early Bird ticket price.  Concessions available too.  All our events include refreshments, panel discussion, Q&A session and time for networking.  

 

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Save the date! - Friday 19th October

The WEN Forum Environmenstrual event will take place at City Hall in London on Friday 19th October (6-9pm) to celebrate the end of the Week of Action. The event will be hosted by the GLA Environment Committee Chair and Deputy Chair – Caroline Russell and Leonie Cooper. There will be a Period Fashion Show, panel discussion and networking. We hope that you will be a key part of this event. Please send us any ideas that you have for this event.

 

 

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Big cities don’t have to mean a dystopian future. They can be turned around to be powerhouses of well-being and environmental sustainability – if we empower women.
— Why Women Will Save the Planet II

**SOLD OUT - Why Women Will Save the Planet - Women's Urban Environmental Leadership

Tuesday 13th March 6pm-9pm

Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2

This WEN Forum, in association with Friends of the Earth, celebrated the eagerly awaited launch of the 2nd edition of "Why Women Will Save the Planet".  We also screened the film Feed the Green - Feminist Voices for the Earth.   This was followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session.  

Speaker Panel

  • Leonie Cooper, Chair GLA Environment Committee

  • Dr Sherilyn MacGregor, University of Manchester

  • Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party

  • Liz Hutchins, Director of Campaigning Impacts, Friends of the Earth

  • Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, Director, Living Space Project, urban place making, green space & heritage strategist

  • Emmanuelle Pinault, Head of City Diplomacy, C40 Cities Network  

 

We will be exploring the following questions:

  • Why do Gender equality and sustainability go hand in hand?

  • What role does women’s empowerment play in creating sustainable cities?

  • What would an intersectional feminist and sustainable city look like? 

  • How can we have a gender approach to urban climate policy?

  • What are the challenges of promoting both gender equality and sustainability in cities?

  • How can we support women to be climate leaders at all levels?

  • What role does grass roots action play in this agenda?

  • How do we ensure social, gender and environmental justice in this context?

  • Are there any success stories we can learn from?

The evening will start at 6pm with time to browse a selection of stalls (more details to follow), network and enjoy drinks and nibbles.  The event will formally start at 6.45pm with introductions, followed by the film screening.  The panel discussion will start straight afterwards and the event will end at 9pm.  Stalls will still be available to browse until 9.30pm.

The book "Why Women Will Save the Planet" will be available to purchase on the evening.  There will also be a special WEN joining offer.

 

 Big cities don’t have to mean a dystopian future. They can be turned around to be powerhouses of well-being and environmental sustainability – if we empower women.  This book is a unique collaboration between C40 and Friends of the Earth showcasing pioneering city mayors, key voices in the environmental and feminist movements, and academics. The essays collectively demonstrate both the need for women’s empowerment for climate action and the powerful change it can bring. A rallying call – for the planet, for women, for everyone.

Big cities don’t have to mean a dystopian future. They can be turned around to be powerhouses of well-being and environmental sustainability – if we empower women.

This book is a unique collaboration between C40 and Friends of the Earth showcasing pioneering city mayors, key voices in the environmental and feminist movements, and academics. The essays collectively demonstrate both the need for women’s empowerment for climate action and the powerful change it can bring. A rallying call – for the planet, for women, for everyone.


 

 

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Our Panel:


We will be exploring the following questions:

  • What do the terms natural and organic really mean?
  • Why are these chemicals used in the first place?
  • What are the health impacts of harmful chemicals on our bodies
  • How can we protect ourselves from harmful chemicals?
  • Is gender an issue?
  • What is the environmental impact of these chemicals?
  • What does Brexit mean to this debate?

Stink! opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pyjamas. And a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe -- by design. Entertaining, enlightening, and at times almost absurd, "Stink!" takes you on a madcap journey from the retailer to the laboratory, through corporate boardrooms, down back alleys, and into the halls of Congress. Follow Whelan as he clashes with political and corporate operatives all trying to protect the darkest secrets of the chemical industry. You won't like what you smell.  http://bit.ly/2sHXB2s

 

 

Thursday 22nd June 6.30pm-9.30pm at Ecology Pavillion, Mile End Park, E3 5TW

We will be exploring how our diets and the choices we make can impact the planet including:

  • How does our diet impact climate change?
  • How do we make our decisions?- organic, fairtrade, buy local, freedom? Meat free?
  • Does gender impact this debate?
  • Why does it matter where our food comes from?
  • How can individuals and communities make a difference?
  • What can we do about packaging and waste?
  • Do we need to eat meat?
  • Is the future vegan? What is the best diet for health and climate?

Make sure you arrive for 6.30pm sharp and stay for drinks afterwards as we have some wonderful stalls for you to look around and food sampling:

  • Community Seed Library & WEN Membership
  • Cranbrook Community Gardens
  • Winterton House Organic Garden
  • Stepney City Farm
  • Climates Network
  • Sustain
  • Vegan Faery
  • Maame Ororiwaa Ghanaian Vegan & Vegetarian Food
  • Deidre Woods, BBC Cook of the Year 2016 will do a cooking demo too!
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WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH - WHAT'S GENDER GOT TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE?

Women's rights and climate change are inextricably linked. We will be exploring these questions and more:

  •  Why climate change is not gender neutral?
  • Why women aren't equally involved in the solutions to tackle climate change? 
  • Why  women are more affected by climate change?
  • How can we nurture women's leadership in climate change movements?

Our panel included:

  • Juliet Davenport - CEO, Good Energy
  • Professor Susan Buckingham - Feminist, Geographer & Expert on Gender and Climate Change
  • Tina Louise Rothery - The Nanas, UK Anti Fracking Campaign
  • Ghalia Fayad, Programme Leader, Arab World Programme - Greenpeace Mediterranean & Break Free Coalition
  • Pia Hollenstein - Senior Women for Climate Protection Switzerland

The WEN Forum was a Break Free Coalition (Break Free from fossil fuels) event, which this year is focusing on the impact of climate change on women and marginalised groups


 

To celebrate International Women's Day 2017, The WEN Forum presented: How Can Periods Save the Planet?

Our panel included experts in the world of menstruation,  highlighting the diverse issues associated with menstruation worldwide. The discussion explored the health and environmental impacts of menstruation practices, and what some sustainable solutions might be to break down the taboo in various global contexts.  

The Period Positive Panel included:

  • Sally King – Director, Menstrual Matters
  • Tara Chandra – Co-Founder, FLO (organic tampon start up)
  • Kath Clements - Campaigns & Marketing Manager, Mooncup
  • Joshna Raghwani – Director Corporate Social Responsibility, Binti International
  • David Morrall – Trustee, Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund
 Celebrating International Women's Day 2017 - From Left: Kate Metcalf, Co-director, WEN, Glenda Trew, Community Gardening Workshop Facilitator, WEN,  Ruby Raut, Environmenstrual Project Officer, WEN, Heidi Ringshaw, Events & Marketing Coordinator, WEN, Kath Clements, Mooncup,  Tara Chandra, Co-founder FLO,  Natasha Piette-Basheer, Environmenstrual Project Officer, David Morrall. Trustee, Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund and Sally King, Menstrual Matters (front) at The WEN Forum - How Can Periods Save the Planet?

Celebrating International Women's Day 2017 - From Left: Kate Metcalf, Co-director, WEN, Glenda Trew, Community Gardening Workshop Facilitator, WEN,  Ruby Raut, Environmenstrual Project Officer, WEN, Heidi Ringshaw, Events & Marketing Coordinator, WEN, Kath Clements, Mooncup,  Tara Chandra, Co-founder FLO,  Natasha Piette-Basheer, Environmenstrual Project Officer, David Morrall. Trustee, Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund and Sally King, Menstrual Matters (front) at The WEN Forum - How Can Periods Save the Planet?


 

Highlights from January 2017 WEN Forum - What's Feminism got to do with the Environment?

Speakers included:

*Natalie Bennett, Former Party Leader of The Green Party of England and Wales

*Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of the Earth
*Lucy Bushill-Matthews, CEO, Muslim Action for Development and Environment
*Marylyn Haines Evans, Public Affairs Chair, National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI)
*Kate Metcalf, Co-director, Women's, Environmental Network
*Belinda Phipps, Chair, The Fawcett Society
*Judy Ling Wong, President, Black Environment Network

  The WEN Forum January 2017 - What's Feminism got to do with the Environment? - with keynote speaker Natalie Bennett, Former Leader, Green Party England and Wales

The WEN Forum January 2017 - What's Feminism got to do with the Environment? - with keynote speaker Natalie Bennett, Former Leader, Green Party England and Wales