talks & debates
talks & debates

Deciding Whose Story Gets Told

Part of WOW – Women of the World

Rape and sexual violence is a strong theme across all WOWs globally. The conversation always turns towards how men can be held accountable, legally, culturally and personally. Rape survivor and activist Thordis Elva took the decision to confront her rapist Tom Stranger and insist he hold himself to account.

After eight years of candid correspondence and a week of personal meetings, Tom's understanding of his total responsibility led them to decide to write a book, South of Forgiveness, and appear on a platform together to discuss the issues of entitlement and power that result in rape.

This talk has been rescheduled to Tuesday 14 March at 5.30pm in The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall. Voices raising concern around safe space and the legitimacy of the event prompt this discussion, led by Jude Kelly, with members of the petition group against Tom's appearance in WOW, plus representatives of survivors groups who have differing views on the role of men within this debate.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Included in Pass
£22, £50

need to know

This event is included in the Saturday WOW Day Pass and the WOW Three Day Pass.

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