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WOW Festival - Women of the World

2020 marks the tenth anniversary of WOW – Women of the World festival, and to celebrate the WOW Foundation presents the biggest and bravest festival yet.

The three days festival includes world-class speakers, activists and performers are joined by thousands to explore the state of gender equality across the globe and tackle the subjects that matter most to women and girls across the world today.

Join the Southbank Centre, London, at a series of live subtitled events from 6 - 8 March.


WOW Festival 2020 Opening Session
Fri 6 Mar 2020, 10:30am

The festival, which have grown into a worldwide phenomenon, explores the state of gender equality and tackle the subjects that matter most to women and girls across the world today.

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  Badass Women from History
Fri 6 Mar 2020, 12:00pm

What can the traits of pioneering, trailblazing women teach us about how to change the world? These speakers tell stories of resilience, joy, hardship, strength and persistence.

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Successes of the Lionesses
Fri 6 Mar 2020, 1:45pm

The England Women’s football team has won our hearts and the number of women becoming active has surged. Hear how sport is often at the cutting edge of the thinking around equality.

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  Panel Discussion Damned if you do and Damned if you don't
Fri 6 Mar 2020, 3:30pm

The only common experience in motherhood is this – whether you’re a mum or childless, by choice or otherwise, someone will think you’re doing it wrong.

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Saturday Opening Session
Sat 7 Mar 2020, 10:30am

Ten special guests open the day’s events in the tenth year of WOW – Women of the World. Special guests to be announced – watch this space.

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Sat 7 Mar 2020, 12:00pm

View the world through the lens of young women at a talk on the New York Times photo project that asked 18-year-olds to document their lives.

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Queer Intentions
Sat 7 Mar 2020, 1:45pm

What does it mean to be queer in 2020? Join Queer Intentions author, Amelia Abraham, for a personal journey through queer culture today.

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  Sunday's Papers WOW's Sweep Through The Decades
Sun 8 Mar 2020, 11:00am

Take a closer look at today's newspapers in a bumper ten-year edition of the WOW – Women of the World festival favourite.

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WOW Big Sing Workshop
Sun 8 Mar 2020, 1:30pm

Add your voice to the hundred-strong choir in WOW's annual singing workshop and performance.

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  We Are Family
Sun 8 Mar 2020, 2:30pm

Get ready to create some fun ahead of WOW’s tenth birthday party in a family-friendly crafting workshop.

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10th Birthday Party
Sun 8 Mar 2020, 3:30pm

Balloons at the ready: celebrate a decade of WOW – Women of the World festival with founder Jude Kelly, looking back at the growth of this global movement. Whether you’ve been to WOW every year, or this is your first time, all are welcome to mark this very special moment.

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