Women in creative industries: Podcast highlights from WOW 2018

Agents Of Change: Vanessa Kingori and Vicky Featherstone by Southbank Centre: Think Aloud

As Women of the World festival 2018 kicks off, Vanessa Kingori, Publishing Director at Vogue UK, and Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of Royal Court Theatre, sit down with Jude Kelly to ask if change is actually possible in the creative industries.

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Stephanie Flanders on the economy

Stephanie Flanders on the economy

Stephanie Flanders, BBC Economics Editor, gave a keynote talk on the state of the UK economy and how it related to the rest of the world. 

Stephanie was joined on stage by banking executive Cathy Turner and Savitaben Patel and Jamuben Ayar from the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in India to discuss women's role in shaping the economy.

Chaired by Jude Kelly.

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Web We Want Festival | The Great Firewall Of China

Web We Want Festival | The Great Firewall Of China

In 2013, the Oxford Internet Institute reported that 42% of the world’s internet users live in Asia. The region is home to some of the world’s fastest and slowest connection speeds, the most advanced technical innovations and prominent concerns around access and affordability.

While the Philippines crowdsourced a Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom in 2013, China continues to exercise one of the most extensive and comprehensive Internet censorship policies in the world with the Golden Shield Project.

Join Dr Ning Wang, Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Lang Xiao, Research Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media and Emilie Wang, Director of Public Relations at Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Groupto discuss the Internet in Asia.

Chaired by Jeremy Malcolm of Electronic Frontiers Foundation.

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It's The Economy, Stupid

A slightly unexpected highlight this morning was this session on global finance and our economy. Rosie Boycott chaired a panel that included Emma Duncan (Deputy Editor of The Economist), Polly Toynbee (political journalist at The Guardian) and TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O'Grady. It was an unusual relief to hear four women speak knowledgeably about detailed economic history and theory, as well as propose suggestions for the future. Many interesting points were made about the current goverment's policies and whether they were likely to help our economy recover, in comparison to the tactics taken in a country like the United States. Inevitably there was also much discussion on the government's cuts and how they are affecting women in particular. One section of the session really interested me however. Emma Duncan noted that there are very worrying statistics on women's financial literacy, or lack thereof. She wondered if this was partially because in households men traditionally were the holders of the money and the power to control what was done with it. They also, let's not forget, carried the weighty responsibility for ensuring the financial health of the family and making sure everyone was provided for. In this day and age though, is that really true? Many people my age and certainly younger grew up with women who worked and often also ensured bills were paid and groceries and clothes bought, at the best price. Is it as simple as a lack of role models? Frances O'Grady commented that very often poor people and poor women are actually brilliant at managing to get by on the money they have. They simply don't have enough of it. It's certainly true that, as Polly Toynbee said, if you are low paid you are less likely to educate yourself on pensions, savings rates and which is the best ISA right now. As Emma Duncan went on to comment, it is vitally important that young people - not just young women - are educated on financial matters. I did Business Studies at school for the Irish Junior Certificate (the first year that the Junior Cert was taken). It incorporated incredibly useful sections on household budgeting, balancing chequebooks (times have obviously moved on) and understanding banking and different types of accounts. However, it wasn't enough and as I discontinued Business Studies after the Junior Cert. that was the end of my education on the subject. Education in financial matters, as in so many other aspects of young girls' lives, is the biggest factor that will contribute to a healthy relationship with money later on. Control over money will give you power over your own destiny - as anyone who has given up work to look after children and then wants to leave a marriage will tell you. Knowing how to use what you have to get the best out of a little cash, or plan for the future on a larger salary comes from being confident in making decisions and this comes from education.