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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Classical musician Eberhard Spree takes us on a short musical tour of the city
Watch the fifth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Take a look at the six books in the running for this year’s prestigious award
Dr. Cliff Lauson introduces Hayward Gallery's remarkable new group exhibition
Listen to the fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makola
The musician/producer has curated a very eclectic Spotify playlist of his current favourites
Whatever your era, see in the new year with us
Discover the writer known as the 'Chinese Tolkein'
Get involved in WOW in Bradford, Cardiff, Exeter and Perth
With so much to choose from, here are a few festival highlights
There is so much more to this Scottish writer than The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Senior Curator, Vincent Honore takes us on a mini tour of the gallery
In the fourth edition of Think Aloud, we join the #AskACuratorDay celebrations
From Sybil to Forrest Gump, take a look back at some of the actress’ most iconic performances
Take a detailed look at this year's shortlist with National Poetry librarian Chris McCabe
Double-bassist Eberhard Spree gives an introduction to Leipzig’s world-famous orchestra
The comedian and playwright tells us why more artists should take risks, in this interview
From André Aciman to Xia Jia; a look at the books our literature team enjoyed this month
Comedian and performer Jess Thom breaks down common misconceptions about what it is to be disabled

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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