Voices Shaping the Future is a two‑day celebration of conversations, performances, and workshops by and for young women and those interested in their views on gender inequality and intersecting injustices in the world today. The program will incorporate a National Youth Summit of 100 young women organised by Julia Gillard’s Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL), a public Conversation Series based on the issues young women want to discuss, and a Schools Day event hosting over 200 Queensland school girls and featuring young women who are changing lives with their big ideas, practical workshops and the much‑loved WOW speed mentoring on the Wheel of Brisbane!
The program will wrap up with award winning concert Spinifex Gum featuring Marliya, where the voices of young First Nations women from Gondwana choirs combine with the poetic yet compelling lyrics of The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl and choreography by Deborah Brown, promising a performance that will live with you long after the final note has been sung.
Voices Shaping the Future is presented by QPAC and WOW - Women of the World Australia, with contributions from the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and the Australian Human Rights Commission and celebrates the UN International Day of the Girl Child which falls on 11 October 2023.
Head to WOW Australia's website for updates as the programme is announced in the coming months.
The WOW Foundation works in partnership with amazing women and organisations to create WOW Festivals across the world. The WOW organisers in each location ensure the content is created by the local community for the local community. While each festival is different in its own wonderful, unique way, there are elements that stay consistent at every WOW Festival wherever you are in the world; from the WOW Marketplace to Under 10's Feminist Corners.
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To date, there have been more than 100 festivals and events across six continents, reaching more than five million people from favelas at WOW Rio to Territory women at WOW Katherine.