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The Best Events at Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival

International Women’s Day falls this week (March 8th), and the Southbank Centre is hosting WOW – Women of the World Festival, a series of events, shows and panels celebrating women and girls, investigating the obstacles they face both locally and worldwide, and asking the important question: why is gender equality taking so long?

The festival runs from Wednesday 7th-11th March, and we’ve put together a guide to the events you won’t want to miss (although, if we’re honest, we wanted to include them all).

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Views on the News. Presenter Stacey Dooley and other speakers discuss what the most recent headlines mean for gender equality, and how women deal with the press. Find out more…


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Under 10s Feminist Corner. Know a tiny feminist? In these sessions, they can find support and discuss what it means to be a girl and how to stand up for gender equality – there are sessions for 6–7-year-olds, 8–10-year-olds and even one for the boys, too. Find out more…


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Muslim Girls Fence. Maslaha, the charity that tackling issues that face the Muslim community, has collaborated with British Fencing to present Muslim Girls Fence, a fencing demonstration challenging misconceptions about young Muslim women – and you can even have a go yourself. Find out more…


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WOW Book Club: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde. Organiser of Black Book Swap Tricia Wombell hosts an in-depth discussion of Sister Outsider, by black lesbian poet Audre Lorde. The book is a collection of essays exploring identity. Find out more…


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Yes yes yes! Well, we had to put a naughty one in. This 16+ workshop explores female pleasure, from G-spots to sex toys (probably don’t visit this one with your mum). Find out more…


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Women on the Move Awards. These inspirational awards recognise migrant and refugee women who help others integrate into and contribute to UK society, helping them share their stories and spread positive messages. Find out more…


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One in Five: Women’s Mental Health. One in five women (and one in four pregnant women) are reported to suffer from a mental health problem. This panel discusses the effects of gender on mental health care and how to move towards more equitable treatment. Find out more…


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Alleyne Dance. This multi-disciplined dance company is based in London and presents a duet celebrating the dancers’ physical strength as well as their grace and beauty. Find out more…


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Give Me Shelter – Women And Homelessness. A panel exploring the effects of homelessness on women, with speakers including women who have experienced homelessness and the charities helping them rebuild their lives. Find out more…


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Good Girl. Actress Naomi Sheldon performs extracts from her debut play. In the 90s, GG and her mates obsess over music, vaginas and witchcraft… but there’s a problem. Find out more…


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Women On Top: LGBTQI women in the workplace. Speakers including Reeta Loi (Gaysians) and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (UK Black Pride) discuss the challenges facing queer women at work, and how to overcome them. Find out more…


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Manwatching. Fresh from sold-out performances at the Royal Court Theatre and a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe comes this unmissable comedy show, in which an unsuspecting male comedian is given a script he’s never seen before and reads it aloud to the audience – a script about what one woman thinks about when she thinks about sex with men. Find out more…


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Body of Women. Explore the healing process of the body after trauma via photography and the power of talking, with Jo Corrall and Naomi Wood. Find out more…


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Diversify. A panel discussing diversity in business and the forward steps that should be taken by companies, opening with a keynote address by presenter and author June Sarpong. Find out more…


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Gem’s Jams Club Night. Round off the whole festival in style with author and broadcaster Gemma Cairney, presenting a special edition of her Margate club night – with special guests to be announced. Find out more…