The effects of Covid-19 pose a profound risk of reversing progress made towards achieving equality, one that must be tackled together and fast. Black Lives Matter increased WOW’s sense of urgency.
Running across all time zones over 24 hours, WOW Global 24 brought together WOW Festivals from around the world to respond to the world’s current events, including racial injustice, and the disproportionate impact the pandemic is having on women and girls, particularly those already marginalised.
Across two channels - The Global Channel and The Local Channel - curated by teams from all over the world, audiences will hear from women, girls and people of all genders who are working towards a better, post pandemic world. There is also the first ever online WOW Marketplace.
Now more than ever we need to find community; to connect women, civil society and governments and make women’s stories central to future planning across the globe. This is an opportunity to join hands, listen and ask ‘what do we need to change, and how’?
How to watch
WOW Global 24 was streamed live from this website and is now available on catch up. The festival was totally free and accessible to anyone who is able to watch online or on a mobile device. It’s for people of all ages and backgrounds who can now catch up on every event that took place over the 24 hours.
Watch two channels – The Global Channel and The Local Channel – both of which are streaming live, simultaneously, over 24 hours. Just click 'watch now' in the header. By joining us, you'll be participating in the largest ever online gathering of people of all genders who support gender equality.
The Global Channel will feature BSL Interpretation by Performance Interpreting Ltd, and captioning by My Clear Text and Stagetext.
WOW Global 24 Partners
WOW Global 24 was created by The WOW Foundation alongside WOW Festivals and partners from around the world.
The Global Channel was programmed in partnership with: Connected Women Leaders; Theirworld; Care International; Disasters Emergency Committee; RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in War); UN Women; and WOW Festivals and partners across the world.
The Local Channel was by WOW partners including: British Council (South Asia and Turkey), Across Red Lines (the Middle East), WOW USA, Jagriti -Women Center of Excellence (India), Ake Arts and Book Festival (Nigeria), WOW Bradford (UK), Redes da Mare (Brazil), WOW Australia / Of One Mind (Australia and the Pacific) and WOW Malaysia.
WOW Festivals and events are presented by arrangement with Southbank Centre.