Women of the World 2013

6 Mar 2013 - 10 Mar 2013
Now in its third year, WOW 2013 put a spotlight on the incredible things women do around the world and the obstacles they face every day. It was an opportunity for men and women to get together to discuss everything from war, peace and race to beauty, religion and sex.

2013 Saw the launch of the WOW Parliament, where we asked visitors to vote on a motion that we would take to UK Parliament as well as formulating a message for David Cameron about the UK's stance on violence against women.

Speakers over the course of the festival included Julie Walters, Sarah Brown, Gordon Brown, Hannah Pool, Ruby Wax and Naomi Wolf, amongst many others.

There were debates, screenings, hands-on sessions, Q&As, interviews as well as performances by Mitsuko Uchida, Angelique Kidjo and Susana Baca. The final day included a screening of Alice Walker: A Beauty in Truth, a feature documentary which was followed by a conversation with Alice Walker and the film's director, Pratibha Parmar.

all stories

Author and journalist John Battersby recounts time spent with the South African leader
Introducing Hayward Gallery's mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed artist Lee Bul
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

Pages

WOW 2013 stories

video
Panel discussion in which women discussed movements in modern African feminism
video
Join Mariella Frostrup, Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar in conversation

shop WOW

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

Frida Kahlo Little People

Advantages of Being A Woman Artist Teatowel

Met Museum Mug by Guerrilla Girls

Change The World Ring