Women, Power and Change: International Women’s Day at WOW

It’s a fact - the majority of the countries that have been more successful in stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic are headed by women.* Yet, women are Heads of State and Government in only 20 countries worldwide, and across the board - from sport to culture, education to food, and business to politics - women are not yet, even in 2021, anywhere close to 50% of leadership positions.

Here, Hon Julia Gillard AC - the only woman to have served as Prime Minister of Australia - Mandu Reid, the first Black leader of the UK’s Women’s Equality Party, and others talk to WOW Founder Jude Kelly about political leadership and the change they want to see and this vital time in our history.

This is followed by a very special conversation with Sandi Toksvig as she takes us through her leadership heroines of the past, from her book Toksvig's Almanac 2021: An Eclectic Meander Through the Historical Year.

This event will be BSL interpreted and captioned. The event will feature performances by Anoushka Shankar and Fatoumata Diawara.

Throughout the day on International Women’s Day, we’re bringing you exciting, fun, powerful and impactful examples of leadership of all kinds from across the world, and the change we want to see. Visit our Facebook or YouTube page for these free events released across the day.

This event is part of WOW UK Festival 2021, our three week digital programme of groundbreaking In Conversations and interactive workshops. For this year’s festival, we are offering audiences the chance to pay what they can for tickets from £1 upwards. If you’re able to pay a higher ticket price, your contribution will include a donation to help WOW continue its work fighting for gender equality all year-round.