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WOW: What Next?

Part of WOW – Women of the World

In an age of hyperconnectivity, extreme ideas and political turmoil, what’s in store for the future of gender equality? Hear from Sandi Toksvig, Munroe Bergdorf, Lily Allen and more.

Hear from the women helping us imagine an equal world – from those on the frontlines of global movements to girls and young women changing our world for the better.

The order of the event is as follows:

Part One

Comedian, writer, actor and presenter Sandi Toksvig kicks off the day by exploring what the future looks like for women.

For WOW Big Ideas, hear short talks from speakers including: model and activist Munroe Bergdorf on equality between women; Helena Kennedy QC on her book Eve Was Shamed: How British Justice is Failing Women; founder and CEO of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani, on her book Brave, Not Perfect; Jenny Sealey, CEO and Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company, on her theatre project Where is My Vagina.

Amanda Taub, former human rights lawyer and New York Times' Interpreter columnist, on her experiences as a female journalist.

Musician and author Lily Allen appears in conversation with WOW founder Jude Kelly, following the release of her book My Thoughts Exactly.


Part Two

We are honoured to welcome two First Nations and Indigenous women for a discussion on female leadership. These include Dr Sandra Phillips, Associate Professor at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology Sydney; and Mayor Vonda Malone, the first female mayor of Torres Shire Council with 22 years' experience with the Australian government. This session examines how women leaders of First Nations around the world are practising a new model of global leadership, working with their communities and families in the face of colonial power and its ongoing legacies, and share their hopes for the future.

Hear from WOW Change Makers, friends of WOW whose ideas are transforming the world, on the impact of their personal activism.

Jude Kelly delivers a final keynote to round off the event.

WOW – Women of the World festival is a global movement founded by Jude Kelly at Southbank Centre in 2010, celebrating women and girls and looking at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.

As it becomes The WOW Foundation, an independent charitable organisation with national and global reach, WOW is preparing major festivals to celebrate its tenth birthday in 2020.

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Royal Festival Hall


£18 - £25
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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WOW: What Next? is part of a double bill. You can also book for WOW: What Now? on Fri 8 Mar.

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