Angela Davis joins a raft of speakers like Lola Shoneyin, Zukiswa Wanner, and others for the Women of the World (WOW) Festival 2020 set to happen on June 27-28, 2020.
The Women of the World or WOW Festival, which first took place at Southbank Centre, UK in 2010, was founded by Jude Kelly. Since then, WOW Festivals celebrating women and girls, and taking a frank look at the obstacles they face, have taken place across the globe, reaching more than two million people.
The 2020 edition will be streaming online for free from venues on channels designated as the Global and Local Channel for a 24 hour period. One of the highlights of the Global Stream will be legendary activist, writer, and academic Angela Davis engaging Jude Kelly on a raft of topics from Black Lives Matter to the potential ramifications the pandemic poses to the fight for gender equality. Other speakers taking part in the Global Stream are Zukiswa Wanner, Fatima Ibrahim, Hannah Azieb Pool, Mikki Kendall, Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature 2015 Svetlana Alexievich, Selina Nwulu, and Minna Salami. For times for Global Channel, please click here.
The Local Stream will be events organised typically by the local chapter of WOW representing ten regions. In Africa, the Ake Festival team are organising the session that will include a powerhouse panel entitled “A Feminist Vision for Africa,” chaired by Jessica Horn with contributions from Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Kinna Likimani, and Leyla Hussein. This panel seeks to follow the journey of the women’s rights movement in Africa and determine what more must be done to achieve the feminist vision in Africa. There will also be a panel exploring sex and gender violence moderated by Aisha Saludeen, and performances from poet Wana Udobang and Nigerian singer and guitarist Temmie Ovwasa. Click here to get times for the Local Channel.