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WOW: What Now?

Part of WOW – Women of the World

Consider the ideas that matter to women in an event led by Jude Kelly, founder of WOW – Women of the World, with Annie Lennox, Gina Miller, Julia Gillard and more.

From the toughest realities many women and girls face every day, to the greatest triumphs, we present an afternoon of stories and performances designed to blow your mind and change your world view, featuring some of the best speakers, performers, activists and thinkers in the field.

Iconic singer, activist and humanitarian Annie Lennox leads a conversation on global feminism; the inspirational Julia Gillard, first female Prime Minister of Australia, delivers a keynote; and partners CII (Chartered Insurance Institute) take an in-depth look at how to future-proof your finances.

Hear short talks and impactful stories from speakers including Gina Miller, the woman who successfully challenged the UK government's authority to trigger Article 50 – the formal notification to leave the European Union – without parliamentary approval; Rizzle Kicks musician and actor Jordan Stephens on the effects of toxic masculinity; and Scarlett Curtis, author, curator of the anthology Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies) and founder of activist community The Pink Protest.

Expect laughs from stand-up comedian Rosie Jones, music from cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson and spoken word from some of the UK's best poets.

WOW – Women of the World festival is a global movement founded by Jude Kelly at Southbank Centre in 2010, celebrating women and girls and looking at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.

As it becomes The WOW Foundation, an independent charitable organisation with national and global reach, WOW is preparing major festivals to celebrate its tenth birthday in 2020.

Dates & times

8 Mar 2019
Approximate run time: 210 mins
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Royal Festival Hall


£18 - £25
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£18, £25


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