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WOW Big Ideas Friday

Part of WOW – Women of the World

Prepare to have your world rocked by people with major ideas to create radical change.

Come with an open mind and leave determined.

The event is chaired by Helena Kennedy QC and speakers include Nada al-Ahdal, Elif Shafak, Jumoke Abdullahi, Kym Oliver, Nimco Ali and Pretty Loud.

Nada al-Ahdal is a Yemeni human rights activist and founder of the Nada Foundation. At this event, she discusses her ongoing work to raise awareness of the risks of underage marriage.

Elif Shafak, the Booker Prize nominated author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, discusses what is at stake today.

Helena Kennedy QC is a human rights barrister, writer and member of the House of Lords.

Jumoke Abdullahi and Kym Oliver, the co-founders of the groundbreaking show, podcast and platform The Triple Cripples, talk about the importance of being seen and heard, as well as what it means to be Black disabled women in a world that insists they do not exist.

Nimco Ali OBE, social activist and author of What We’re Told Not To Talk About (But We’re Going to Anyway), talks about her book – it’s the vagina dialogue we’ve all been waiting for.

Pretty Loud, the first all-girls Roma band from Serbia, discuss why music and dance changes lives and how it’s changed theirs.

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Royal Festival Hall


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Day passes are available for Friday and Saturday. Each day features a different line-up, so you can buy passes for both or attend just one.

This event is part of WOW Friday Pass, which gives you access to a packed programme of talks, workshops and more across Southbank Centre all day.

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Access information
This talk is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

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