See this: WOW


300 speakers and performers from around the world will take part in more than 120 events at Southbank Centre’s annual WOW – Women of the World festival 2014 which starts tomorrow and ends on Sunday. The festival is now in its fourth year and celebrates the incredible achievements of women and girls and features a broad range of topical women’s subjects in a combination of talks and debates, keynotes, concerts, performances, film, comedy, workshops, speed mentoring and networking opportunities. Building on a year-long series of consultations with hundreds of women and men, organisations and figureheads, some of the highlights of WOW 2014 include:

  • Malala Yousafzai gives a keynote on the systematic nature of gender inequality and bringing about change.
  • Ronnie Spector’s first UK headline show in four years chronicling her 50-year journey through rock and roll.
  • Miss Representation: Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s powerful film highlighting how America’s mainstream media contributes to the lack of women in leadership positions. Film screening and Q&A with the director (note this event takes place outside the festival dates on Monday 3rd March, 7.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall).
  • Men Sit Down For Your Rights: Grayson Perry returns to give his lecture on all things male, following its sell-out at Southbank Centre’s Being A Man festival.
  • Vivienne Westwood in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti about her life, work and activism.
  • Vicky Pryce discusses being behind bars, her book Prisonomics and the economic cost of keeping women in prison.
  • Maxine Peake leads WOW’s annual speed mentoring event with the opportunity to be mentored by over 200 leading women.
  • Beyoncé Dance Class: Come and learn the moves to Beyoncé’s Run the World (Girls) with the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament.
  • Sarah Brown, Baroness Shirley Williams and Maggie Aderin-Pocock discuss women’s relationship with power, while the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf, leads a session on the power of diversity
  • The Cruelest Cut: Lynne Featherstone MP, Efua Dorkenoo from Equality Now, Nimco Ali, co-founder of Daughters of Eve and Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Executive Director of FORWARD discuss how we can end Female Genital Mutilation in one generation.
  • Juliet Stevenson, Bryony Hannah and Cush Jumbo read testimonies from refugee women locked up in the UK.
  • Ruby Wax performs extracts of her new show Sane New World.
  • Does Page 3 make the world a better place? WOW in partnership with Women in Journalism debate whether it’s a genuine problem or just harmless fun. Speakers include Katie Price and ex-Loaded editor Martin Daubney.
  • The Politics of Afro Hair: last year’s conversation on the politics of Afro hair is WOW’s most popular video online and this year we dig even deeper.
  • Fabulous Fashionistas: with an average age of 80, the stars of Channel 4’s Fabulous Fashionistas redefine old age.
  • Sunday Newspaper Review: Natasha McElhone and Baroness Doreen Lawrence give us a snapshot of the biggest headlines and best comments.
  • Mirth Control returns for a fourth year with Sandi Toksvig hosting an electrifying night of comedy and music, featuring an all-female orchestra conducted by Sue Perkins playing the music of overlooked female. composers.

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