Friday 8 March is International Women’s Day and the Southbank Centre has an impressive line-up of diverse, female voices to inspire your celebrations. There’s an array of talks and topics to get your teeth into. Renowned journalist, activist and author Naomi Klein discusses the present political landscape with WOW founder Jude Kelly. Known for her critiques of corporate globalisation and consumer culture, you can expect hard truths and inarguably solid logic.
If you’re in need of something a little more light-hearted, Jo Brand’s darkly funny guide to life as a woman is sure to be a giggle. Then there’s the launch of a major new international anthology, New Daughters of Africa, which is edited by Margaret Busby. Twenty-five years ago, Busby’s anthology Daughters of Africa was published to international acclaim, described by the Sunday Times as ‘a vital document of lost history’. Now, New Daughters of Africa builds on this rich tradition for a new generation of women writers in the landscape of African women’s writing.
Other talks feature a world premiere from Women’s Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer; bestselling author, blogger and campaigner Chidera Eggerue, aka The Slumflower; legendary activist and writer Angela Davis; and award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein speaking to Jude Kelly.
These headliners supplement two major, seriously ‘wow’, panel shows addressing the state of gender equality today – every feminist’s dream double bill.
What Now? will look at the world of women as it stands today. Covering topics such as financial empowerment, toxic masculinity, female leadership and global feminism, speakers include Annie Lennox; Julia Gillard, the first woman Prime Minister of Australia; Gina Miller, the woman who successfully challenged the UK government’s authority to trigger Article 50; Rizzle Kicks musician and actor Jordan Stephens, Scarlett Curtis; Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones); stand-up comedian Rosie Jones; cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, as well as spoken word from some of the UK’s best established and up and coming poets. That’s a jam-packed programme.
What Next? is the second part, and – as you may expect – will consider the future of feminism. Presenting some of the artists, thinkers and activists who are bringing new thinking and ideas to the table, speakers include Sandi Toksvig; model and activist Munroe Bergdorf; bestselling author Reshma Saujani (Founder of Girls Who Code); and Jenny Sealey MBE (Graeae Theatre Company) who will be launching ‘Where is my Vagina’, a new initiative born out of conversations with her friends about sex and ageing.
All talks and panels are hosted over Friday 8 March and Saturday 9 March.
At the Southbank Centre. Most events are in the Royal Festival Hall or Purcell Hall.
Each event is priced individually, varying between £5 and £25. Non-members pay a booking fee of £3 (there is no fee for members). Tickets are being snapped up so be quick!