Women of the World

7 Mar - 12 Mar
WOW Women of the World festival at Southbank Centre, celebrates the power and potential of girls and women and confronts the causes of inequality.Previous years have featured a leading line-up with Annie Lennox, Malala Yousafzai, Caitlin Moran, Vivienne Westwood,  Shami Chakrabarti and Sandi Toksvig, all advocating everything that is great about women and girls.Come and join us in celebrating women comedy, music and debate and discussion around feminism women's issues.

Each year there are chances to hear influential, challenging speakers, take part in mentoring sessions and workshops, and see some of the best women comedians, musicians and writers around. Details of our programme will be revealed early in 2017 – watch this space or follow us on social media to be the first to know.

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Southban Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly launched WOW – Women of the World in 2011 to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day, as a major global festival that celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles they face, where hundreds of women’s stories could be shared, feelings vented, fun had, minds influenced and hearts expanded.

In response to an overwhelming demand Southbank Centre have been fostering a growing global network of festivals. Already in four other countries WOW is scheduled to spread to four more next year, and throughout the same across the UK.

The ethos of WOW is to create a festival for everyone. It is bold and broad-based in its approach, both lively and serious, and feeds the demand to discuss anything and everything. It brings people together from all corners of society - both speakers and audience members - energising and providing the inspiration and tools to make change.

WOW stories

Annie Lennox and Jude Kelly discuss humanitarian issues that women face every day
Malala Yousafza talks about the systemic nature of gender inequality

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