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WOW: What Next?

Part of WOW – Women of the World

In an age of hyperconnectivity, extreme ideas and political turmoil, what’s in store for the future of gender equality? Hear from Sandi Toksvig, Munroe Bergdorf, Lily Allen and more.

Hear from the women helping us imagine an equal world – from those on the frontlines of global movements to girls and young women changing our world for the better.

The event opens with a keynote from Jude Kelly. Comedian, writer and presenter Sandi Toksvig then kicks off the day by shining a light on what the future looks like for women.

Hear short talks and impactful stories from speakers including model and activist Munroe Bergdorf; barrister Helena Kennedy QC on her book Eve Was Shamed: How British Justice is Failing Women; Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and New York Times bestselling author; and Jenny Sealey MBE, CEO and Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company.

Musician and author Lily Allen appears in conversation in the wake of her book release My Thoughts Exactly, followed by spoken word and music from some of the UK's best poets and artists.

The event continues with a discussion on female leadership with a group of First Nations and Indigenous women. We are honoured to welcome Dr Sandra Phillips, Associate Professor at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology Sydney; and Mayor Vonda Malone, a Torres Strait Islander and the first female mayor of Torres Shire Council with 22 years' experience with the Australian government. This session examines how women leaders of First Nations around the world are practising a new model of global leadership, working with their communities and families in the face of colonial power and its ongoing legacies, and shares their hopes for the future.

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

9 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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