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Women of the World Cambridge


Mighty women 

WOW 2016’s opener. True forces to be reckoned with: hear from five inspirational women at the peak of their powers. With Dame Barbara Stocking, Guardian journalist Harriet Minter, Paralympian in training Sarah Leiter, Knickers Model’s Own campaigner Caroline Jones, and poet and spoken word artist Hollie McNish. The session will include a Charity Shop Fashion Show.



Increased sexual violence. Victim blaming. Shockingly low levels of conviction. Questions of consent and coercion. Troubling times bring about different responses. A panel discussion featuring survivor Ione Wells, Dr Rachel Fenton of The Intervention Initiative, local actress Emerald O'Hanrahan (Emma Grundy in The Archers), Cambridge Women’s Aid, and PVC Professor Graham Virgo. Including a performance by poet Janine Booth.


Men’s half-hour

Male perspectives on feminism, gender equality and changing the attitudes and actions of men. With Graham Virgo (Chair), actor Stephen McGann, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Domestic Abuse Partnership Manager Simon Kerss, and Ilia Cherezov of Cambridge University RUFC.


Make way! Women in politics

2015 saw the launch of the Women’s Equality Party and new momentum to ensure women have a voice within politics and social change. A discussion of changing times, chaired by journalist and Principal of Lucy Cavendish College Jackie Ashley and featuring Halla Gunnarsdottir from the Women’s Equality Party, Frances Scott of the 50:50 Campaign, Priscilla Mensah, President of the Cambridge Student’s Union and Dr Helen Pankhurst.


Breaking free: Women and criminality

Lives change when touched by crime, whether as victim or perpetrator. From both sides of the line, the complex interrelationships between women, crime and feminism will be considered by Criminologists Loraine Gelsthorpe (Cambridge University) and Colleen Moore (Anglia Ruskin University), Clean Break’s Anna Herrmann, Anna Gilchrist from Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre’s Dawn Project for women offenders, and Adam Ratcliffe of Cambridge Business Against Crime.


Seen and not heard 

Are women fairly represented? Can we get our voices heard? Seen and Not Heard’ will be opened by academic and journalist Emily Bell as part of the CRASSH Humanitas lectures, speaking on ‘New Media, Old Problems’. This session will consider how women are portrayed and spoken about, challenging how society responds to stereotypes and expectations. Joining Emily are Hot Feminist author Polly Vernon, publisher Cat Crossley, CUSU’s first Black woman President Priscilla Mensah, Herstory’s Alice Wroe, and equalities advocate Dr Rachael Padman. The session will be chaired by barrister and award-winning human rights activist Charlotte Proudman. 


Women, war and peace

Conflict and violence impact on women’s lives, whether at the domestic or international scale. This session will reflect on the roles and experiences of women who have little representation in formal peace talks and are excluded from the decision-making that affects their safety. Chaired by Professor Jennifer Barnes, with Anne Lonsdale from the Campaign for At Risk Academics, photojournalist Hazel Thompson, Rehab Jameel of Women for Refugee Women, and Liesbeth ten Ham from Amnesty International.


Let girls learn!

Globally 62 million girls are not in school. Where education offers an opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to break the cycle of poverty, raise healthy families, and help build communities, how do we ensure girls have access the education they deserve? This panel considers the barriers facing those who are excluded from school. Chaired by Professor Pauline Rose (Cambridge University), with Mabel van Oranje from Girls Not Brides, Katherine Wilson of Carers UK, Human Rights Watch’s Elin Martinez, Deb Taylor from Cambridge University Disability Resource Centre, and WOWser Camilla Penney.


To infinity and beyond…

Are feminism and gender equality changing the universe? A lively panel assesses the difference activism, science, representation and comedy can make. With radical feminist Dr Finn Mackay, astronomer Dr Carolin Crawford, WOW Derry convener Taryn Gleeson, and comedian and activist Kate Smurthwaite. This finale session will close with some comedy and the rousing Twitter Chorus by Tamsyn Challenger. Finish the day on a high!


Parents in Art

Panel Discussion with PIPA (Parents In Performing Arts), writer Ruthie Collins and creative parents: 'Art Revolutions: successful strategies parents in arts are using to revolutionise the artworld.'

Creative parents called to contribute to this 'action research' session from Cambridge Art Salon's We Are Family project. Children welcome but places strictly limited:- email to book


My Body, My Business

How does our body image affect our self-worth? My Body My Business is a project that’s addressing this question by gathering answers from individuals about their experiences of body image. Participants complete an anonymous, three-question survey, and some of the answers already gathered will be incorporated into a display at WOW Cambridge. Complete the survey online at .



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