Women of the World festival has celebrated the potential and power of girls and women since 2010.

Finland’s first female president Tarja Halonen shares her views on global feminism at Women of the World festival (WoW) in London on International Women’s Day, 8 March. President Halonen will discuss the issue with anti-FGM activist Nimco Ali, the festival’s founder Jude Kelly and Zainah Anwar, the founder of Malaysian organisation Sisters in Islam. The panel will be hosted by the legendary musician and activist Annie Lennox. WoW is an annual equality-focused arts and science event that takes place in London’s Southbank Centre. This year’s guests include eg. political activist Angela Davis, Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and author Naomi Klein.

President Halonen’s visit is organised by The Finnish Institute in London and the Embassy of Finland in London.

WoW: What Now?, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX, https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133399-wow-what-now-2019?fbclid=IwAR1saAw4uK2XJsittYLavRY94pESodojM_LHzlmhh52pSZC63uVoa0eYoyE, 2pm Friday 8 March, tickets £5–£25.

Text: Ninni Lehtniemi Photo: Lasse Keltto

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