The Women of the World festival is, essentially, attempting to inch society a little further forward into a future where The Women of the World festival doesn’t need to exist.
And while that may seem like a slightly dispiriting foundation stone, the event that’s come out of it is actually incredibly inspiring and uplifting.
Because arriving at the South Bank Centre this coming March are some of the world’s coolest, funniest, bravest, and most brilliant women – speakers, activists and performers alike – who are gathering together as a celebration, but also to have a frank, and honest discussion about the major, worldwide obstacles that still face women and girls today, particularly the negative impact that the pandemic has had on global gender equality.
Over the last decade it’s proudly reached over 2 million people across 17 countries, with a whopping 65 festivals under its belt. It’s also helped to kick start some pretty cool real life changes, like the founding of the Women’s Equality Party back in 2015. This will be its 12th anniversary, and after a digital hiatus last year it’s now back on stage, live, and in-person.
The festival is set to take place over three days spanning a weekend in early March. You can expect a lineup of events including top-shelf speakers, activists, musicians and comedians. So far, the playbill has been inked with talks from Deborah Frances White (AKA the Guilty Feminist), multi-multi-million best-selling novelist Marian Keyes, and award-sweeping poet Warsan Shire, as well as an on-stage debate they’re calling The Urgent Conversation, covering the day’s most pressing issues. And there are a few.
The weekend will also see the now regular WOW Speed Mentoring sessions (15 minute slots with various experts in their field); WOW Bites (short-form talks from inspiring women); and the WOW Market, which will feature female & non-binary run businesses, as well as activist organisations to meet and get involved with.
Tickets are available now, and selling fast.
NOTE: Women of the World Festival 2022 is taking place from 11th-13th March at the Southbank Centre. To snap up your ticket, just head to the website right HERE.
Southbank Centre | Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
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