To build a better future we need to support and empower women and girls, because we know that when empowered, they can change the world. Each of our panellists in this session has a fascinating story of how unleashing the knowledge and capability of women can lead to societal improvements and climate change solutions for the benefit of all.
Safia Minney, People Tree
Safia Minney, MBE, is an award-winning social entrepreneur and internationally recognised for the company she founded, People Tree, a pioneer of sustainable fashion. She led the business as Global CEO for 20+ years in Japan and Europe. Safia is recognised by the World Economic Forum as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur and is a leading influencer and international speaker on sustainable business and supply chains, climate action and Fair Trade. Safia is an advisor, executive coach and author of nine books including; ‘Slave to Fashion’, and ‘Slow Fashion – Aesthetics meets Ethics’. Safia recently launched www.realsustainability.org to promote sustainable living and leadership and joined other business leaders inspired by XR to establish www.businessdeclares.org
Ella Daish is an environmental activist and founder of the #EndPeriodPlastic campaign. Her award-winning campaign is leading to significant changes in the period industry. It has resulted in four companies removing plastic tampon applicators from their products, saving over 28 tonnes of plastic annually, and has sparked many others to develop sustainable ranges. She is influencing manufacturers and supermarkets to make real changes and councils and governments to spend their period poverty funding on eco-friendly products.
Actress and mental health ambassador, Rosie is best known for playing the role of Mary Hawkins in the Golden Globe nominated Outlander. Rosie’s debut book, Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon, is now available. The book is a one-stop guide to empower teenage girls, covering a range of themes including self-worth, finding your voice, mental health, imposter syndrome, and so much more. An ambassador for STEM4, one of the UK’s leading teenage mental health charities, Rosie has worked closely with teenage girls across the country, providing guidance and encouragement. The topics in the book have been inspired by the conversations Rosie has had over the years.
Ann Jones was elected to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) board in 2017 and as NFWI Chair in June 2021. Before this, she was an ex officio member of the NFWI board as Chair of the Federations of Wales Committee from 2013 and NFWI Vice-Chair from 2016.
Ann and her husband run a Beef and Sheep farm and a property letting business in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains in Llanddewi Brefi with their two sons. She has been a WI member since she was 25, when she joined Llanddewi Brefi WI and made lifelong friends. Ann has played an active role in her WI, joined the committee and never looked back. She later joined Tregaron WI as a dual member.
Claire started her career as a journalist, reporting for several years for the Guardian and BBC World Service from South East Asia and South America. After returning to Cornwall in 2010, she founded Rame Peninsula Beach Care, a beach cleaning and marine conservation charity, but eventually became concerned that the huge public focus on marine plastic pollution was diverting attention from bigger environmental threats such as climate change. She is now the producer for Cornwall Climate Care, a charity making a series of inspiring documentaries looking at how climate change is already impacting Cornwall and featuring the stories of real people taking matters into their own hands.
We’re giving away three copies of Rosie’s book Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon to three lucky winners in our Great Book Giveaway! By registering and attending this session, you’ll be automatically entered into the prize draw!