The 2016 edition of this festival features a stellar line-up championing everything that is great about women and girls. Through discussion, debate, performances and activism, female achievements are celebrated and the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their full potential and contributing to the world are explored. Difficult subjects including alcoholism, rape, honour-based violence, trans activism and criminal justice will all be covered and women will be given the chance to talk about their heroines and how their actions have inspired them to act themselves. Highlights this year include Annie Lennox in conversation with Jude Kelly talking about campaigning for the rights of women and people living with HIV/AIDS, Martha Lane Fox on disruptive innovation, the launch of Caitlin Moran's latest book and Shami Chakrabarti on 15 years at Liberty and the future of women's rights. Other speakers include Gemma Cairney, Bridget Christie, Inga Beale, Sandi Toksvig, Sue Perkins and Sara Pascoe. Day passes and three-day weekend passes that admit visitors to all daytime events are available alongside tickets for individual events, including some free ones. Visit the WOW website to book.
Linda NylindWOW Women of the World festival 2012 at Southbank Centre. Mirth Control with Sandi Toksvig, Sue Perkins and Jo Brand. Photo by Linda Nylind. 11/3/2012.