Women of the World 2012

7 Mar 2012 - 11 Mar 2012
WOW 2012 asked, what obstacles exist that prevent women from realising their potential and what can we do to change these? The festival was made up of talks, debates, music, film, comedy an conversations that celebrated the talents of women, young and old, from all walks of life and all parts of the world.

We heard fascinating stories from women breaking the mould in science, enterprise, law, the arts, health, activism, education, politics, sport, fashion, finance and family life.

There were speed mentoring sessions, free music, a crèche, great food, a market place and much more to be discovered and experienced.

Contributors included, Ruby Wax, June Sarpong, Annie Lennox, Emeli Sandé, Katy B, Shami Chakrabarti, Hannah Pool and Dawn Porter amongst many others.

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Have you noticed the bright new flags fluttering from Royal Festival Hall?
Enjoy ten top tracks, handpicked by the electronic pioneers
Come rain, come shine, Southbank Centre’s the place to be this half term
Listen to three powerful Spotify playlists from Carleen Anderson, Rod Youngs and Renell Shaw
The author of How To Love Brutalism explores our Queen Elizabeth Hall
Discover his hopes for the future of dance and his relationship with Southbank Centre in this Q&A
Get a unique look into Hayward Gallery history with this remarkable anthology
Watch the violinist describe how the conductor shaped his early music career
The singer and journalist on the importance of music as a tool of protest
Take a look at the literary greats set to appear at Southbank Centre in 2018
Discover the turbulent relationship between Sergei Prokofiev and the Soviet regime
Read our short but sweet interview with the young British composer Charlotte Bray
These two artists prove they still have plenty to offer
See the Finnish violinist discuss the composer’s First Violin Concerto in this video
Get inspiration for your bank holiday reading from our literature team
The composer and electronic musician picks out the tracks she's listening to right now.
A celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and more
The celebrated composer, producer and tabla player shares some of his favourite music
Enjoy this fantastic South Asian family recipe

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WOW stories

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One journey can change a life. One life can change the world! Dr Kiran Bedi is interviewed at WOW 2012
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Kicking off the second WOW Festival's speed mentoring programme with a speech from Cherie Blaire
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For the first time in history, all five UK and NI poet laureates are women

shop WOW

A selection of our favourite shop items from the Women of the World festival

Advantages of Being A Woman Artist Teatowel

Frida Kahlo Little People

Change The World Ring

Met Museum Mug by Guerrilla Girls