WOW: What Now?

Consider the ideas that matter to women in an event led by Jude Kelly, founder of WOW – Women of the World, with Annie Lennox, Gina Miller, Julia Gillard and more.

From the toughest realities many women and girls face every day, to the greatest triumphs, we present an afternoon of stories and performances designed to blow your mind and change your world view, featuring some of the best speakers, performers, activists and thinkers in the field.

The order of the event is as follows:

Part One
WOW founder Jude Kelly CBE opens WOW London 2019.

For WOW Big Ideas, hear short talks from speakers including: Gina Miller, who challenged the government’s authority to trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval, on her book Rise; Rizzle Kicks musician Jordan Stephens on toxic masculinity; Scarlett Curtis, curator of the anthology Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies) and founder of The Pink Protest; and Temi Mwale, founding director of youth-led social enterprise The 4Front Project.

Julia Gillard, the first female Prime Minister of Australia, discusses leadership, resilience and misogyny.

Stand-up comedian Rosie Jones rounds off Part One.


Part Two
A performance from cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson opens Part Two.

Hear actress Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones star and co-creator of new creative collaboration app Daisie, in conversation with Jude Kelly.

Take an in-depth look at how to future-proof your finances and pensions with our partners CII (Chartered Insurance Institute) and speakers including: Kirsty Good, Head of Campaigns, PR and Social at Money Saving Expert; Jane Portas, co-founder of CII’s Insuring Women’s Futures programme; and Teresa Reynolds, founder of Incredible Brilliant Youth.

To close Part Two, iconic singer, activist and humanitarian Annie Lennox leads a conversation on global feminism with speakers including anti-FGM activist Nimco Ali and Finland’s first female president Tarja Halonen.

WOW – Women of the World festival is a global movement founded by Jude Kelly at Southbank Centre in 2010, celebrating women and girls and looking at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.

As it becomes The WOW Foundation, an independent charitable organisation with national and global reach, WOW is preparing major festivals to celebrate its tenth birthday in 2020.

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