Celebrating women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential. ๐Ÿ‘ญ

Around the world, individuals and communities are insisting on the simple proposition that women and girls must have equal rights and asking the question: why is gender equality taking so long?

Southbank Centre’s WOW โ€“ Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform for celebrating what has been achieved, and exploring all the ways we can change the world for the better.

In the year that marks the 100th anniversary since some women got the vote in the UK, and when #MeToo shook the world, we bring together artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more for the 8th annual WOW London at Southbank Centre.

Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly launched WOW โ€“ Women of the World in 2010 to mark the centenary of International Womenโ€™s Day, as a major global festival that celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles they face, where hundreds of womenโ€™s stories could be shared, feelings vented, fun had, minds influenced and hearts expanded.

In response to an overwhelming demand Southbank Centre have been fostering a growing global network of festivals. Already in four other countries WOW is scheduled to spread to four more next year, and throughout the same across the UK.

The ethos of WOW is to create a festival for everyone. It is bold and broad-based in its approach, both lively and serious, and feeds the demand to discuss anything and everything. It brings people together from all corners of society – both speakers and audience members – energising and providing the inspiration and tools to make change.


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