Women of the World 2018: get set to be WOWed

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:25

The past twelve months have been hugely significant for gender equality. From #MeToo to Time’s Up to the protests at this month’s Golden Globes, the world has seen a major shift - historical even - in women standing up against marginalisation together, and saying ‘no more’. And it is in this energised context that Southbank Centre gets set to host the eighth edition of our iconic WOW - Women of the World festival.

With 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of British women winning the right to vote, this year’s WOW bridges the present with the past to celebrate the seismic changes brought about by women, and men, to transform the future of gender equality.

From 7 - 11 March we will be bringing together the voices of women and girls of all ages, and welcoming activists, artists, writers, politicians and performers to highlight the issues facing women and girls today; how we got here, and where we go next.

As we speak out today against the continuing injustice, violence and inequality women can face, it is vital we to continue to lift each other up and share our stories. Together we can produce the same seismic societal shifts we saw from women standing side by side together over the past year.
Jude Kelly, WOW festival founder and Southbank Centre Artistic Director

Across the five days of this year’s festival, supported by Bloomberg, Southbank Centre will host more than 200 talks and debates, concerts performances and workshops. Events continue to be added to our ever expanding bill, but among the array of brilliant women already confirmed to join us at WOW 2018 are Anita Anand, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala, Kathy Lette, June Sarpong, Ahdaf Soueif, Sandi Toksvig and Ruby Wax.

Celebrating those who have broken silences through history, Dr Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Suffragette leader Emmeline, explores women’s rights then and now. We’ll also have talks from women on the frontline of global movements, including Patriss Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Laura Bates of Everyday Sexism.

Women of the World is now the largest global convener of women and girls, with more than 1.5 million participants globally, and we hope you can join us for what looks set to be a seismic installation of the festival

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WOW 2018 is supported by Bloomberg