WHY THE GREEN NEW DEAL MUST BE FEMINIST!
Event Date: Thursday 11th March 2021
An online event, hosted by Wen in celebration of International Women’s Day. In the first of a programme of events and workshops, leading up to COP26 Glasgow Climate Talks, we heard from the authors of the UK Feminist Green New Deal policy paper.
The set of ideas broadly known as a ‘Green New Deal’ has a lot to say about the changes needed to tackle global inequality and climate catastrophe but, it hasn’t always considered how gender, or other forms of discrimination like race or class, interact with the climate emergency in the UK. 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.
DR SHERILYN MACGREGOR, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Co-author of the Feminist Green New Deal UK policy paper, Sherilyn is an academic at The University of Manchester whose research focuses on the relationship between feminist and environmental politics. Sherilyn advocates an intersectional ecofeminism for the 99% and explores what a just future could look like in the face of climate emergency.
MAEVE COHEN, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Maeve is Director of Rethinking Economics and is currently studying for a Masters in Political Economy at the University of Manchester and Co-author of the Feminist Green New Deal UK policy paper. Maeve was a co-founder of the Post-Crash Economics Society (PCES) at the University of Manchester. PCES went on to become one of the founding groups of Rethinking Economics, an international, student-led campaign to reform economics education.
ROSHINI THAMOTHERAM, CAMPAIGNS PROJECT COORDINATOR, WEN
Roshini is Campaigns Project Coordinator at Wen. Roshini is the Campaigns Project Coordinator at Wen. She has a passion for social justice. Having been a classroom teacher, outdoor educator and activist with marginalised groups, she recently completed a MA in Race, Media and Social Justice at Goldsmiths University.
SARA REIS, HEAD OF RESEARCH & POLICY, WOMEN’S BUDGET GROUP
Sara has a PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield and previous experience in the rights of victims of crime, women’s rights in the EU, and the impact of migration on local areas in England. She joined the Women’s Budget Group in 2017 and has been involved in various projects including research on female poverty, funding for the women’s sector, affordable housing, economic circumstances of migrant women in the UK and impact of Covid-19 on women in Coventry.
This interactive event was chaired by:
ZARINA AHMAD, WEN ADVISER
Zarina Ahmad is a climate change communicator and trainer with CEMVO Scotland, a race-equality organisation and intermediary with Scottish government. She works to increase the involvement and participation of ethnic minority groups in environmentalism and has worked for CEMVO for the last eight years.
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