WOW – Women of the World festival celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.

Around the world, individuals and communities are insisting on the simple proposition that women and girls must have equal rights and asking the question: why is gender equality taking so long?

Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform for celebrating what has been achieved, and exploring all the ways we can change the world for the better.

In 2018, the year that marked the 100th anniversary since some women got the vote in the UK, and when #MeToo shook the world, we brought together artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more for the 8th annual WOW London at Southbank Centre.

WOW 2018 would not have been possible without its generous sponsors and supporters: Bloomberg, UBS, American International Group Inc (AIG), The Chartered Insurance Institute and RELX group.

The Southbank centre’s Artistic Director Jude Kelly launched WOW in 2010 to mark International Women’s Day as a major global festival to celebrate women and girls, examining the obstacles they face and sharing stories and feelings.

Bloomberg is the founding supporter of WOW Women of the World festival.  Bloomberg Philanthropies supports charities and non-profit organisations worldwide, especially some programmes addressing the challenges facing women around the world, including maternal and reproductive health to women’s economic development.

The statement of WOW on their website is :-

Women of the World is mission-driven. We believe our work is improved when we work with a sense-of-purpose and set clear goals for ourselves and our ladies. Founded by engineers, we are highly analytical and attempt to assess needs and program efficiencies with data.

WOW care for refugees, engaging instead of looking away.

WOW offer support to help ladies find opportunities to help them achieve self-reliance.