Here’s our final Climate Week blog in which we leave behind the subject of saving water. Catherine Stephens-Ward, WCVA Internship Programme Co-ordinator, ditched the train for the bike during Climate Week and has vowed never to look back.
I only live three miles from my office, yet my train journey into work in the mornings takes 35 minutes to an hour, with frequent cancellations bringing further delays and feelings of despair. Last week I decided to ditch the train and start cycling to work, and boy do I feel better for it.
Saturday, 8 March, was International Women’s Day. This article on women in politics by MEP Sirpa Pietikainen was originally published in Parliament Magazine.
One half of the world’s population are women. This ratio doesn’t convert to the number of women in political decision making. We are underrepresented and equality advances slowly – and has even stagnated during the last few years. This is mostly due to established gender roles and male networks that sustain the election and nomination of men. Where men are like suns, women are moons, staying in the shadows, reflecting the light of sun.
The participation in decision making is also polarised in a way that men tend to hold positions and portfolios on resources and finances, whereas women occupy positions concerning softer issues, such as care and education. The tables in the meetings of heads of state and finance ministers are still surrounded mostly by men.
Today is International Women’s Day. Here, Elena Zecchin of Chwarae Teg’s Policy and Research Team takes a look at the role of women in public life around the world and how gender equality can empower women in times of austerity.
‘Women can and do bring issues to the table which may not otherwise be debated, or which might wrongly be considered to be of less significance.’ (Fawcett, 2013)
In order to influence an extended participation of women in politics, a better understanding of the benefits of gender equality in decision making is needed.
International Women’s Day is Saturday, 8 March, 2014. We’ll be running a series of blogs to celebrate the day, starting with this contribution from Sarah Thomas, Public Affairs Officer of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.
(And we’ll be bringing you the final Climate Week blog next week - sorry for the delay.)
International Women’s Day (IWD) is an opportunity for women across the world to celebrate their achievements at all levels of society in campaigning for gender equality. IWD is also an opportunity for the NFWI to recognise the enormous contribution of WI members and all other women across the world in fighting for equality.
Since 1915 WI members have campaigned on significant issues for women and communities but have also been actively engaged with issues affecting millions of lives across the globe such as HIV and AIDS. The WI, for example, had an impact on the struggle for women’s rights at the beginning of the 20th Century by helping women to become active citizens in the years straight after women received the vote.
In today’s Climate Week blog, Michelle O’Neill, Environment Wales Organiser, finds a handy way to save water.
I like to think that working for an environmental initiative has enabled me to gain perspective on a lot of things and to question my lifestyle. As a result I am conscious of food waste, excess energy use and sustainable alternatives to the products I consume. So, when approached by a colleague to take up water saving activity as part of Climate Week, I set out to discover what would generate the most impact. I currently do all the sensible things – only use as much water as I need to make a cup of tea, turn off the tap when brushing my teeth, the ‘on trend’ four-minute shower. There had to be somewhere I could make a change, not just for Climate Week but for life.
In today’s Climate Week blog, Clare Sain-ley-Berry, Environment Wales Coordinator, ditches the running tap for the bowl when preparing veg.
To mark Climate Week this year WCVA staff are undertaking a challenge to save water and I thought I’d do my bit by trying to save water at home. Having read the tip sheet and ticking off the things I already do – quick showers, already a must in my house with two little ones to get ready, and turning off the taps whilst brushing teeth, I decided to go for rinsing fruit and veg in a bowl rather than under a running tap.
In today’s blog, Suzanne Chisholm, Strategic Engagement Advisor, talks about her commitment to saving water and embarks on a new Climate Week challenge.
I’ve got a strong personal commitment to saving our planet and am a committed re-cycler and fair-trade/organic food buyer. My family have been doing little things like using left-over dishwater and rainwater from the butt to water the garden, compost and manure for garden fertiliser for a long time. A couple of years ago, I signed up to reduce my time in the shower by one minute per day and this has now become a normal part of life. (With no obvious negative consequences!)
So the challenge this year was to find something new to add to the list.
In the first of our Climate Week blogs, Lynne Reynolds, WCVA Communications Manager, starts her own water-saving challenge. Can she cut down on water waste by taking shorter showers, or will it be a case of H2O-no?
I’ve not had a bath for years, and I don’t have a power shower. There. I’ve done my bit, but not quite.
This year’s Climate Week staff challenge proved testing for me. We asked staff to join in a personal water saving challenge, and I was determined to take part and try to make a small difference.
In today’s blog, Emma Poole, Trainer/Solicitor at Hugh James, who will be hosting an employment law event with us in Cardiff in March, takes a look at the appeals process and how it can benefit employers
Conducting an appeal is often a headache for employers dealing with disciplinary and grievance processes but, once in a while, it can be an undervalued tool for them to put right any mistakes they might have made earlier on in the process. This was true in Little v Richmond Pharmacology, a recent case from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) dealing with the disciplinary process and the importance of providing the right of appeal.
Awel Aman Tawe’s Green Routines’ installation is a celebration of hundreds of people’s decisions to cut their carbon emissions, and is open to the public at the Senedd all day from 9.30-4pm, Tuesday 4 February - Thursday 6 February. The event will see the launch of a new solar PV cooperative. Here, Dan McCallum, Manager of Awel Aman Tawe, explains more about it.
On Thursday we launch Egni, a solar PV (photovoltaics) cooperative, in the Welsh Government Senedd in Cardiff.
It’s the sort of project we all want to see – solar panels on key local community buildings. Some of these buildings will be well known to WCVA members, such as Dove Workshop in Banwen and Glynneath Training Centre – both offer training, community cafes, a crèche and a local hub.