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London hosts Women of the World Festival. The Nordic Matters arts festival is at the Southbank Centre. WOW celebrations also marked International Women’s Day across the globe, Wednesday. Based in the Southbank Centre, WOW brings together politicians, business leaders, artists, actors, comedians, and refugees from across the globe to explore innovative ideas over coming life challenges. Nordic Matters, part of the festival, celebrates art and culture from Nordic countries. In particular, it will contribute to the festival with artists and speakers discussing gender equality in Nordic countries.

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London hosts Women of the World Festival

Published on Thursday, 9th March, 2017 at 09:37 under the entertainment category, by Charlotte Bryan.

The Nordic Matters arts festival is at the Southbank Centre. WOW celebrations also marked International Women’s Day across the globe, Wednesday.

View of the Southbank Centre
Evening view of The Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre. It forms part of the facility.View of the Southbank Centre
Photo: Belinda Lawley


Based in the Southbank Centre, WOW brings together politicians, business leaders, artists, actors, comedians, and refugees from across the globe to explore innovative ideas over coming life challenges.

Nordic Matters, part of the festival, celebrates art and culture from Nordic countries. In particular, it will contribute to the festival with artists and speakers discussing gender equality in Nordic countries.

The five Nordic countries have previously been voted as the best countries for gender equality, and were the first to give women the right to vote and have instated exemplary paternity leave.

10th March sees a debate called Buying Sex, where approaches to prostitutions and challenges of the law will be discussed. This will be held by Iceland’s first female Chief of Police, Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, and Mildrid Mikkelsen, leader of the Norwegian shelter secretariat’s ROSA project.

On 11th March, the Gender Equality in The Nordics talk will address further concerns of gender equality in the region. Topics such as sexism in the workplace to average higher rates of male suicide will be debated by a panel of Ministers and experts from there.

Iceland’s Halla Gunnarsdóttir, Head of Policy and Partnerships for the Women’s Equality Party, will be chairing the event. Speakers include London-born Laila Bokhari, State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Danish Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation, Karen Ellemann, will also be attending, as well as Anu Partnanen, Finnish journalist and author of The Nordic Theory of Everything.

The World Remains Silent panel debate on 12th March discusses the 5,000 Yazidi women and girls who were kidnapped and slaughtered by ISIS and the two years that went by after the UN declared this as genocide. Nadia Murad, a Yazidi survivor and UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, stated that ‘the world remained silent’.

Speakers for this debate will include Norwegian Eivor Lægreid, Programme Manager at Yazada – a centre in Iraq’s Duhok, Iraq for Yazidi women and children. British Yazidi teen and campaigner Rozin Khalil Hanjool and Chief Foreign Correspondent for The Sunday Times, Christina Lamb OBE, will also be there.

The WOW festival also sees musical performances by Nordic artists. Among these are Iceland’s Daughters of Reykjavik, a 16-piece group who rap about feminism, sexual violence and sexual freedom. Swedish singers Johanna Bölja Hertzberg and Ulrika Bodén, who take a new stance on the intriguing technique Kulning, used in Swedish summertime to call for cattle and communicate over long distances, will also be performing. The performance incorporates melodies, improvisation and calls to various animals..

Food is in focus at Nordic matters as well, with a food market called Nordic Larder. Participants are asked to take a journey with authentic Nordic street food that will uphold traditions of sustainable farming from land or sea and food that reflects the seasons. This food will be provided from across London’s Nordic community.

First launched in 2010 and now a global phenomenon, WOW – Women of the World reaches millions of people across five continents. Over 200 events are at this year’s festival, which runs until 12th March 2017.



Published on Thursday, 9th March, 2017 at 09:37 under the entertainment category, by Charlotte Bryan.

This post has the following tags: arts, women, entertainment, food, festivals, paywall.





  
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