Women of the World 2016

8 Mar 2016 - 13 Mar 2016
WOW – Women of the World festival celebrates women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.  

Around the world, individuals and communities are insisting on the simple proposition that women must have equal rights and asking the question: 'why is gender equality taking so long to achieve?' Southbank Centre's WOW - Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform for interrogating this question.

WOW 2016 speakers included Caitlin Moran, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Anita Anand, Gemma Cairney, Shami Chakrabarti, Kathy Lette, Sandie Okoro and Sandi Toksvig.
 

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Listen to Anna Burns discuss her Man Booker award-winning novel, Milkman
Read a short interview with the television presenter and comedian
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
From model to expert in animal behaviour, the remarkable career of this unique actress
Read an extract from Churchwell’s new book, Behold, America
The author discusses her debut book Ponti and taking The Odyssey away from the male gaze
How an increase in prizes is helping bring through more diverse voices
Take a look at the work of the Danish-Icelandic artist
The creative producer and director of Circus 1903 explain the show’s origins in this video trailer
The six authors read live from their shortlisted novels in this special podcast recording
Enjoy a special preview trailer of the performance
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
The author on nature, writing, nostalgia, the 1930s and visions of England then and now
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
Yep, it's that time already. Discover ways to keep your little ones entertained, with us
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
Find out why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’, in this video
From living in exile to appearing in films, the author’s remarkable story

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WOW 2016 stories

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Caitlin Moran talks about new book, Moranifesto
podcast
Author Laura Bates and an expert team take on some of the stereotypes, double standards and downright stupidity facing young women today