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

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.

Earlier Event: December 11
Later Event: March 17