6 – 8 MAR 2020

In 2020 we mark the tenth anniversary of WOW – Women of the World festival, and to celebrate the WOW Foundation presents the biggest and bravest festival yet.

 Over three days, WOW’s line-up of world-class speakers, activists and performers are joined by thousands to explore the state of gender equality across the globe and tackle the subjects that matter most to women and girls across the world today.

This year’s festival features Naomi Wolf, Deborah Frances-White (The Guilty Feminist), Scarlett Curtis, Sandi Toksvig, Emma Dabiri and Shazia Mirza.

We also welcome the return of WOW Speed Mentoring, WOW Bites and the WOW Market

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The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Get involved in WOW in Bradford, Cardiff, Exeter and Perth
Relive five fantastic days of WOW through the eyes of those who joined us
Watch Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Laura Bates and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu in discussion, in this video from WOW 2018
Listen to award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in this great podcast from WOW 2018
Ruby Wax in conversation about her new book, How to Be Human: The Manual
Speakers including MPs Jo Swinson, Anna Soubry, Sophie Walker and Tulip Siddiq share their experiences
Hear from leading women in the creative industries creating change including Vanessa Kingori, Publishing Director at Vogue UK
Scroll through our interactive timeline of key moments in the fight for women’s rights and gender equality in Britain.
Ahead of her appearance at WOW - Women of the World, read our interview with the acclaimed activist and author.
Discover our most inclusive programme to date, with a look ahead to WOW 2018
Key change-makers and activists from our WOW festival share their tips
The Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging at Aston University looks at recurring misogyny in neuroscience research
Children's television presenter Lauren Layfield on what you ought to know about being a girl today
A century on from British women winning the right to vote, we celebrate those who continue to make great strides made in gender equality
WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere
Listen to audio highlights of Southbank Centre's WOW – Women of the World festival 2017
How do we fight sexism without ignoring other issues such as race, disability, sexuality and class?
Hear insights from the journalist and Channel 4 News reporter
The presenter talks about her book OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic Messed Up Life Can Be

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An audience at the Women of the World Festival
10:00 am
6 Mar 2020 - 7 Mar 2020
10:00 am | 6 Mar 2020 - 7 Mar 2020
talks & debates
courses & workshops
Dive into a day of talks and workshops exploring the most vital issues facing women and girls today
Dive into a day of talks and workshops exploring the most vital issues facing women and girls today
WOW 2020 Friday grand opening session in Royal Festival Hall
10:30 am
Fri 06 Mar 2020
10:30 am | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Start the ball rolling at the opening event of WOW - Women of the World’s tenth anniversary
Start the ball rolling at the opening event of WOW - Women of the World’s tenth anniversary
Sarah Blumenau, business tutor
12:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Communicate with confidence, clarity and impact in front of any audience after this masterclass
Communicate with confidence, clarity and impact in front of any audience after this masterclass
12:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Whet your appetite with amazing short talks, performances, readings and soapbox moments
Whet your appetite with amazing short talks, performances, readings and soapbox moments
Badass Women from History at Southbank Centre
12:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What can the traits of pioneering, trailblazing women teach us about how to change the world?
What can the traits of pioneering, trailblazing women teach us about how to change the world?
Audience at a talk event
12:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Parents often feel like they’re getting it wrong, but is there a right way to bring up boys?
Parents often feel like they’re getting it wrong, but is there a right way to bring up boys?
Hands used to create heart shape
12:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Who doesn't love a love story? Feel all the feels in this afternoon of love stories
Who doesn't love a love story? Feel all the feels in this afternoon of love stories
Westminster Parliament
12:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
If women ran Parliament, what would it look like?
If women ran Parliament, what would it look like?
 Shahroo Izadi, author
1:45 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
If you're ready to make changes that last, you've come to the right place
If you're ready to make changes that last, you've come to the right place
WOW's Executive Director, Daniella Jenkins
1:45 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Our finance experts explain how women can make the most of their money
Our finance experts explain how women can make the most of their money
Helen Lewis, journalist
1:45 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Journalist and author Helen Lewis asks whether well-behaved women ever make history
Journalist and author Helen Lewis asks whether well-behaved women ever make history
Samra Habib, author and activist
1:45 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Be inspired by the courage, resilience and all-round awesomeness of the UK’s thriving Desi LGBTQ+ scene
Be inspired by the courage, resilience and all-round awesomeness of the UK’s thriving Desi LGBTQ+...
 Elif Shafak, novelist
1:45 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Prepare to have your world rocked by people with major ideas to create radical change
Prepare to have your world rocked by people with major ideas to create radical change
Layla Saad, writer
1:45 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Challenge your understanding of white supremacy and privilege in a thought-provoking session
Challenge your understanding of white supremacy and privilege in a thought-provoking session
A busy football stadium
1:45 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
What’s the endgame for women in sport?
What’s the endgame for women in sport?
Panel discussion at WOW talk event
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Our panel session invites you to explore who really benefits from forgiveness in the face of misogynoir
Our panel session invites you to explore who really benefits from forgiveness in the face of...
Bolanle Tajudeen
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Delve into the genesis of black feminism in art with Bolanle Tajudeen, founder of Black Blossoms
Delve into the genesis of black feminism in art with Bolanle Tajudeen, founder of Black Blossoms
Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don't at Southbank Centre
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Whether you’re a mother or not, explore the impacts of motherhood for everyone
Whether you’re a mother or not, explore the impacts of motherhood for everyone
WOW Speed Mentoring Sessions

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 06 Mar 2020
Various times | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
Don’t know how to make your ambition a reality? Get advice from an expert in a 15-minute session
Don’t know how to make your ambition a reality? Get advice from an expert in a 15-minute session
MacBook laptop, technology
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Discover the impact of tech on women and why gender matters in the digital age
Discover the impact of tech on women and why gender matters in the digital age
WOW Global Spotlights...
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
From Beijing to Brisbane, look past the headlines to hear stories from women across the world
From Beijing to Brisbane, look past the headlines to hear stories from women across the world
Sticky Labels: Women and the Mental Health System
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Join Bobby Baker to address why women have been branded everything from ‘witches’ to ‘morally insane'
Join Bobby Baker to address why women have been branded everything from ‘witches’ to ‘morally...
Skyline shot of Tower Bridge
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Ask what our mayoral candidates will do to improve the lives of women
Ask what our mayoral candidates will do to improve the lives of women
Corporates Office
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Corporates get frank about diversity and discuss why improvements must be made
Corporates get frank about diversity and discuss why improvements must be made
Jude Kelly at WOW - Women of the World closing session
5:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
5:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Round out the first day of WOW’s tenth year with special guest speakers
Round out the first day of WOW’s tenth year with special guest speakers
Indigenous woman walking in a field

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
6:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
Celebrate the energy, resilience and wisdom of 2019’s With and For Girls Award winners
Celebrate the energy, resilience and wisdom of 2019’s With and For Girls Award winners

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
6:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
These migrant and refugee women make exceptional contributions to UK society
These migrant and refugee women make exceptional contributions to UK society
Caroline Criado Perez
7:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
See what is often unseen as the campaigner and writer discusses her groundbreaking book
See what is often unseen as the campaigner and writer discusses her groundbreaking book
Scarlett Curtis, author
9:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
9:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
In an afternoon of fun, frank and honest conversation, our panel discusses what feminism means to them
In an afternoon of fun, frank and honest conversation, our panel discusses what feminism means to...
Union Jack Flags
9:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
9:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What does it mean to be British today? Have identities shifted in the new Brexit Britain?
What does it mean to be British today? Have identities shifted in the new Brexit Britain?

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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.

Early bird tickets have now sold out. Standard tickets are available to purchase.

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WOW festivals began in the UK in 2010, launched by Kelly at Southbank Centre London, where she was Artistic Director, to celebrate women and girls, taking a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential, raising awareness globally of the issues they face and discussing solutions together.

To date, WOW has reached over two million people in 17 countries on five continents across over 65 festivals – and growing – including in Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Somaliland, the UK and the USA. In 2018 WOW took place in Rio, Karachi, Beijing, Cardiff and Bradford, as well as London, New York, Dhaka, Pakistan Atlanta, Istanbul and China in 2019 and 2020.

Over the last nine years the Festivals have developed a reputation as a space for world renowned artists, activists, thinkers and performers including Angela Davies, Malala Yousafzai, Annie Lennox, Patrick Stewart, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Salma Hayek, to come and participate, alongside thousands of women and girls who don’t have public profiles but are doing amazing things. WOW provides platforms for people of all kinds, changes attitudes, brings communities together and provides a unique space for people to work together towards gender equality in their own communities. One example of the impact the festival came in 2015, with the founding of the Women’s Equality Party by Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer.

In 2018 Kelly left Southbank Centre to run the WOW Foundation full-time as an independent charitable entity working to build, convene and sustain a global movement that believes a gender equal world is possible and desirable through festivals and empowering women and girls. The unique festival model creates numerous pathways for participants to take part in WOW projects, amplify their own causes, or start new initiatives which have wide impact on communities. It is the biggest, most comprehensive and most significant festival dedicated to presenting work by women and promoting equality for women and girls.

As the WOW Foundation establishes itself as an independent charity with national and global reach, it will prepare and present WOW – Women of the World festivals around the world ensuring that the 10th anniversary of this important and highly respected festival is celebrated in 2020 with major events and activities.

WOW festivals are presented by arrangement with Southbank Centre.

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Up next

WOW London, 8 – 9 March 2019
WOW New York, 12 – 17 March 2019, Apollo Theater Harlem
WOW Dhaka, Bangladesh, 6 April 2019
WOW Karachi, Pakistan, 13 – 14 April 2019
WOW Atlanta, September 2019, Woodruff Centre

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