Women of the World 2013

6 Mar 2013 - 10 Mar 2013
Now in its third year, WOW 2013 put a spotlight on the incredible things women do around the world and the obstacles they face every day. It was an opportunity for men and women to get together to discuss everything from war, peace and race to beauty, religion and sex.

2013 Saw the launch of the WOW Parliament, where we asked visitors to vote on a motion that we would take to UK Parliament as well as formulating a message for David Cameron about the UK's stance on violence against women.

Speakers over the course of the festival included Julie Walters, Sarah Brown, Gordon Brown, Hannah Pool, Ruby Wax and Naomi Wolf, amongst many others.

There were debates, screenings, hands-on sessions, Q&As, interviews as well as performances by Mitsuko Uchida, Angelique Kidjo and Susana Baca. The final day included a screening of Alice Walker: A Beauty in Truth, a feature documentary which was followed by a conversation with Alice Walker and the film's director, Pratibha Parmar.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Margo Jefferson on one of the great and controversial icons of the 20th century
Listen to the first episode of our new podcast series as we look back at past Man Booker Prize winners
Watch Stephanie Rosenthal, exhibition curator, introduce Hayward Gallery’s amazing exhibition of Lee Bul’s work
Three anti-apartheid activists, Chitra Karve, Lela Kogbara and Brian Filling recount the time they met Nelson Mandela
Watch the conductor introduce the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season in this short video.
Discover what some of the artists of Robert Smith’s Meltdown are listening too.
Watch a preview for Scottee’s dance show about flab, double-chins and getting your kit off
Artists from Robert Smith’s Meltdown tell us what they’re looking forward to at the festival.
Find out who the artists of 2018’s Meltdown would put on their festival bill
Enjoy this atmospheric twelve track Spotify playlist from the hypnotic, electronic Italian band
Love, murder and a platoon of ghostly knights – get to know Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder in one minute
Learn about how women are being supported in jazz, classical, DJing and more
Watch Deftones’ Chino Moreno get a first look at Royal Festival Hall
Take a look back and listen to 1998’s Meltdown with this Spotify playlist
Find out about the world's first exhibition of this emerging art form
See what our literary experts have been reading
Find out more about one of Lee Bul’s immersive installations, Via Negativa II (2014)
The artist discusses her childhood in South Korea with exhibition curator Stephanie Rosenthal
Author and journalist John Battersby recounts time spent with the South African leader
Introducing Hayward Gallery's mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed artist Lee Bul

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Panel discussion in which women discussed movements in modern African feminism
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Join Mariella Frostrup, Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar in conversation

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A selection of our favourite shop items from the Women of the World festival

Change The World Ring

Advantages of Being A Woman Artist Teatowel

Frida Kahlo Little People

Met Museum Mug by Guerrilla Girls