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Women of the World Festival 2013

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Of Course Men Can Wear Pink and be Feminists
International Women's Day is on 10 March this year and the Southbank Centre is hosting the Women of the World Festival and inviting women and men to five days of events that will recognise female talent in its many guises. Don't bother dusting down those dungarees that are lurking in the back of your wardrobe: feminism has moved on since those days.

Although WOW continues for five days, the main events are centred on the long weekend of Friday Sunday. For an idea of the diversity of talks, workshops, film and music on offer you could check out the schedule on the website, or allow me to get you in the mood here. You could also mull over the WOW questions that include: Can men be feminists and Are men scared of funny women?

Women of the World Festival

There will be a range of eclectic musical entertainment including Meklit Hadero's jazz and folk music; the Ivory Duo will be playing piano; Susana Baca will be offering Afro-Peruvian songs and Angelique Kidjo will be performing with her guest vocalist, Fatoumata. You can treat yourself to a frivolous nailwrap; listen to the BBC's Stephanie Flanders discuss the economy; debate whether Lynda and Jolene from The Archers are feminist icons; learn how to start your own social enterprise; join in with discussions on pornography and rape and learn about an A to Z of feminism for women and men, too.

Women of the World Festival
Susana Baca

Women of the World Festival

All events are open for booking via the website, or you can buy a three-day pass.
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Why? To join in the relevant feminist debates with other women and men
When: Between 6 and 10 March
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: All details are on the website
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