WOW — Women of the World is a global movement celebrating women and girls, taking a frank look at the obstacles they face. Festivals takes place year-round across around the world, and in London in March.

6 March 2020 – Badass Women from History

What can the traits of pioneering, trailblazing women teach us about how to change the world? Our speakers tell fantastic stories of resilience, joy, hardship, strength and downright persistence. Come along to hear about the lives of women who’ve paved the way for so many others, and who’ve so often gone unrecognised. Beware – you may be inspired to do something huge. This event is chaired by Sughra Ahmed and panelists include Jade Bentil, Hina Jilani and Bee Rowlatt.

Sughra Ahmed is associate dean for religious life at Stanford University, a Yale Greenberg World Fellow and a community activist.

Jade Bentil discusses her forthcoming book Rebel Citizen: A History of Black Women Living, Loving and Resisting and the person she loves most – her grandmother Esther Bentil.

Hina Jilani is a Pakistani human rights lawyer and social activist who co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. At this event, she talks about her sister, the late Asma Jahangir.

Bee Rowlatt is a writer whose book In Search of Mary retraces a notorious voyage undertaken by the foremother of feminism Mary Wollstonecraft. At this event, Rowlatt discusses her successful campaign for a Wollstonecraft memorial in Newington Green.

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6 March 2020 – WOW Big Ideas Friday

Prepare to have your world rocked by people with major ideas to create radical change.

Come with an open mind and leave determined. The event is chaired by Helena Kennedy QC and speakers include Nada al-Ahdal, Elif Shafak, Jumoke Abdullahi, Kym Oliver, Nimco Ali and Pretty Loud.

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6 March 2020 – Britishness and Power

Reni Eddo-Lodge

What does it mean to be British today? Have identities shifted in the new Brexit Britain? What does ‘British values’ even mean in a modern age? Join a line-up of speakers to explore these questions and more with WOW – Women of the World. With reports of hate crimes increasing, and some people feeling more ostracised since the UK’s historical referendum, we examine exactly what it means to be British today, what impact this changing political landscape has on our identities as British women, and ask who the keepers of British values are.

Speakers include Reni Eddo- Lodge, Sumaya Kassim, Dr Nadine El-Enany, Kieran Yates and chaired by Fatima Manji.

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7 March 2020 – Where Are the Working Class Asians?

Sabeena Akhtar

Add your voice to the discussion on how identifying as a working-class Asian affects you. When it comes to the workplace, we’ve all heard about the ‘model minority’ and ‘aspirational immigrants’, but where are the working-class Asians? We invite a group of Asian women from across the arts to this discussion group.

Speakers include Amrit Wilson, Durre Shahwar, Meena Kandasamy and Sabeena Akhtar.

Amrit Wilson is a writer and activist on issues of race and gender in Britain and South Asian politics.

Amrit Wilson

Durre Shahwar is a writer and creative practitioner. She runs Where I’m Coming From, an open mic that promotes BAME/underrepresented writers from Wales.

Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist.

Sabeena Akhtar is a writer, editor and WOW programmer.

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