International Women’s Day is approaching (March 8th) and the Southbank Centre has announced an exciting programme of talks, debates, music, film and comedy for the fourth annual Women of The World festival – WOW, which kicks off tomorrow.
300 speakers and performers from around the world will take part in more than 120 events during the five-day festival. From Miss Representation’s powerful film highlighting how America’s mainstream media contributes to the lack of women in leadership positions to the London premier of Nirbhaya based on the tragic Delhi gang rape written by South African playright Yael Farber. The festival celebrates the incredible achievements of women and girls and looks at the most potent topics for women today.
Yaël Farber is a multiple award-winning director and playwright of international acclaim. Her productions have toured the world extensively – earning her a reputation for hard-hitting, controversial works of the highest artistic standard.
We are proud to announce that Skye Chirape our current ComplexdWoman cover has been invited to discuss misogyny, race and prejudices against lesbian women at the Global Gay Rights talk on Sunday 9th March.
Interviewing Skye was an emotional and enlightening experience and I have no doubt she will blow the audience away with her realism. On the topic of remarkable women, I cannot wait to be in the presence of Malala Yousafzai who will be giving a keynote on the systematic nature of gender inequality and bringing about change.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani campaigner who was shot in a assassination attempt on October 2012 for her activist work.
Jude Kelly Artistic Director at Southbank centre rightly states, “There is not one country in the world where women have full equality and in most countries injustices are commonplace. I founded WOW four years ago to ensure there was a high-profile cultural place where hundreds of women’s stories could be shared, feelings vented, fun had, minds influenced and hearts expanded” .
WOW – Women of the World festival 2014 from Wednesday 5th March through to Sunday 9th March is a must for London based ComplexdWomen.