We are pleased to announce that RAW in WAR will be involved in the 2014 WOW (Women of the World) Festival at London's Southbank Centre onFriday 7th March and Saturday 8th March 2014.
The fourth WOW Festival will be taking place from Wednesday 5th - Sunday 9th of March, bringing together talks, debates, performances and activism celebrating women and girls. The festival will feature voices from around the world, including Vivienne Westwood, Harriet Harman, Dr Helen Pankhurst and the winner of the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award, Malala Yousafzai.
On Friday 7th March, join us for the panel discussion 'Activism Without Borders' (11.30 am – 1pm) at Queen Elizabeth Hall. What can UK based activists learn from their international sisters? Australian writer and feminist Anne Summers, co-founder of anti-FGM campaigning group Daughters of Eve Nimco Ali, Judy Kosgei, winner of the Thompson Foundation Young Journalist Prize, and Mariana Katzarova, founder ofRAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR), discuss global campaigns and grass roots activism, lobbying policy makers, and what success would look like. Chaired by Jessica Horn from the African Feminist Forum.
This year RAW in WAR is delighted to be hosting a panel on Saturday 8th March, 'Refusing to be Silenced', bringing together international women of courage, who stand for human rights and justice in war and conflict zones around the world, including winners of the RAW in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award. The panel will be hosted by RAW in WAR founderMariana Katzarova and will include Elena Kudimova, Anna Politkovskaya's sister, Mariam Suleiman (Darfur), Founder and Chair of The Voice of Darfur Women; Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News International Editor and Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent, who were close friends of Marie Colvin (2012 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner, who was killed while covering the war in Syria), Masih Alinejad (Iran), a journalist persecuted for exposing government corruption (One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality in Iran was the 2009 Anna Politkovskaya Award Winner); Reem Rashad (Syria), an activist from the Violation Documentation Centre (VDC) and sister of Razan Zaitouneh (2011 Award winner, kidnapped in Syria); and Lydia Cacho (Mexico), a journalist who exposed child sex trafficking by the powerful elite and suffered torture and death threats. Renowned Celtic singer/ songwriter Lorraine Jordan will perform “Anna’s Song”, dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya.
The panel will be taking place at The Front Room of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Saturday 8th of March 2014 between 12-1pm. You can purchase tickets for both panels HERE for £12, giving you access to plenty of other events taking place at the WOW Festival during the 7th and 8th of March. For more information about the events in the WOW Festival please see the full programme.
We hope you can join us!!