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Women of the World Festival celebrates women and girls at Southbank Centre

London’s Southbank Centre- location for this year’s Women Of The World Festival. Image: Georgina Palzeaird

All this week Women of the World Festival (aka WOW) has put on talks, workshops and performances to celebrate women and girls from around the world.

This festival comes as a lead up to today’s celebration of International Women’s Day.

Events at the festival included performances from Ella Eyre and Rebecca Ferguson, talks from Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney and Annie Lennox and debates about women in business and sexual abuse.

Rebecca Ferguson performing at WOW Festival

Rebecca Ferguson performing at WOW Festival. Image: Georgina Palzeaird

Ella Eyre performing at WOW Festival

Ella Eyre performing at WOW Festival. Image: Georgina Palzeaird

BBC Radio 4 broadcast Women’s Hour from the Royal Festival Hall all week, inviting speakers into the studio and providing headphones to festival attendees so they could listen to the broadcast whilst watching Jane Garvey and others in action.

BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour broadcasting from WOW Festival

Women’s Hour broadcasting from WOW Festival. Image: Georgina Palzeaird

WOW Marketplace was the home to a diverse groups of stands providing information, raising awareness, showcasing work, offering workshops or selling their wares.

Stalls ranged from Action Aid to Who Made Your Pants and Everyday Sexism to Mindfulness Meditation.

Feminist Library stall at WOW Marketplace

Feminist Library stall at WOW Marketplace. Image: Georgina Palzeaird

Action Aid stall at WOW Festival

Action Aid stall at WOW Festival. Image: Georgina Palzeaird

Exhibitions were on show all week for attendees to visit.

WOW celebrated their fifth year with a newly designed data design installation by Stefanie Posavec.

Friday lunchtime, Brighton-based musician Abi Wade performed to the crowds.

Abi combined percussion with cello and vocals in an interesting way to create a distinctive sound.

Gemma Cairney told us about her involvement with WOW, her #wownow project and her aims for the future:

Festival attendees were both newcomers and seasoned guests:

Festival Director, Jude Kelly, says:

In the five years since we launched WOW festival, female voices have become immensely powerful across the globe as a force for positive change.

At WOW we encourage fun, activism, openness to new subject matter and an opportunity to add your voice to the wealth of stories that girls and women from all ages, backgrounds and experiences are sharing.

You can take a look at the website for Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre here, or follow their Twitter feed for updates.

You can also watch Gemma Cairney’s WOW NOW video here.

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