Women of the World 2017

7 Mar 2017 - 12 Mar 2017

WOW – Women of the World festival celebrates women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential. 

Around the world, individuals and communities are insisting on the simple proposition that women must have equal rights and asking the question: 'why is gender equality taking so long to achieve?' Southbank Centre's WOW - Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform for interrogating this question.

WOW 2017 speakers included Angela Davis, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gemma Cairney, Sandi Toksvig and Gillian Anderson.

Check back early next year for details of the 2018 line-up.

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Relive five fantastic days of WOW through the eyes of those who joined us
Watch Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Laura Bates and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu in discussion, in this video from WOW 2018
Listen to award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in this great podcast from WOW 2018
Ruby Wax in conversation about her new book, How to Be Human: The Manual
Speakers including MPs Jo Swinson, Anna Soubry, Sophie Walker and Tulip Siddiq share their experiences
Hear from leading women in the creative industries creating change including Vanessa Kingori, Publishing Director at Vogue UK
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Scroll through our interactive timeline of key moments in the fight for women’s rights and gender equality in Britain.
Ahead of her appearance at WOW - Women of the World, read our interview with the acclaimed activist and author.
Discover our most inclusive programme to date, with a look ahead to WOW 2018
Key change-makers and activists from our WOW festival share their tips
The Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging at Aston University looks at recurring misogyny in neuroscience research
Children's television presenter Lauren Layfield on what you ought to know about being a girl today
A century on from British women winning the right to vote, we celebrate those who continue to make great strides made in gender equality
WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere
Listen to audio highlights of Southbank Centre's WOW – Women of the World festival 2017
How do we fight sexism without ignoring other issues such as race, disability, sexuality and class?
Hear insights from the journalist and Channel 4 News reporter
The presenter talks about her book OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic Messed Up Life Can Be
The legendary activist talks about women, race and class in the post-Trump era

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