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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The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Find out more about the artist’s poetic and politically engaged work
Our Director of Music looks ahead to the Classical Season 2019/20
The tenth episode of our monthly podcast looks at human and robot interaction in the arts.
The OAE’s Roger Montgomery introduces his new 19th-century style horn
The curator of diane arbus: in the beginning and The Met’s Collections Specialist discuss Arbus’ early photographs
The quartet’s violist looks ahead to their Southbank Centre performance
Hear from the Octavia Poetry Collective, and get an exclusive listen to the US writer's first UK appearance
Enjoy this scrumptious rhubarb-based chocolate tart recipe
Keep the kids entertained with fun, interactive events and performances
Find out more about the life of the legendary Italian pianist
The co-founder of CHIC is named as the curator of the 26th Meltdown festival
The artist introduces her work ahead of its installation at Royal Festival Hall
Listen to the artists performing at Southbank Centre in 2019
Find out more about this sculpture
See live performances from artists including Actress, James Lavelle, Sergio Mendes, Virginia Wing, Amjad Ali Khan and more
Take a look at the inspirational writers and poets appearing here with us in summer 2019
Enjoy nine inspirational pieces of music from the jazz saxophonist in this Spotify playlist

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WOW 2013 stories

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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