Women of the World celebrated

The Fabulous Fashionistas who will attend the Women of the World Festival on Sunday.
The Fabulous Fashionistas who will attend the Women of the World Festival on Sunday.

The Women of the World Festival is due to take place in Derry this weekend bringing a huge array of debate, music, film and much.

The WOW Festival is designed to celebrate the talents of women and girls from all walks of life and all parts of the world - and the local offering will do just that.

Curated by the ladies of the city in partnership with Culture Company and Southbank Centre, the Women of the World Festival features a free jam-packed programme of debates, workshops, music, comedy and performance celebrating the achievements of women, and exploring the issues and challenges that they face in everyday life

The dynamic programme addresses numerous themes and issues affecting women of all ages from teenagers to pensioners, and has a distinctly local flavour.

The festival discusses everything from the heritage of the factory girls in the city and the role women played in the keeping communities cohesive throughout the Troubles, to issues around ageing, breastfeeding, access to education and living in a society where we are judged by how we look.

International issues are also tabled, with a keynote from Dr. Urvashi Sahni on how she is encouraging young women in India to carry the torch of empowerment into their communities using drama and film.

The programme opens on Friday this week with a full day’s worth of workshops and events specificially targetted at secondary school age girls - covering many issues facing young women in the modern world and offering them one to one time with some of the city’s most influential women.

Shona McCarthy will address the young women on how she has managed Derry’s year as City of Culture, there will also be workshops on how to improve self image, how to protect your sexual health and how young women feel pressurised by the fashion industry.

On Saturday the day includes a number of highlights as part of a packed programme - not least among these a factory girls reunion from 3-4.30 at which all former factory employees are welcome.

Saturday also sees the chance to take part in the Herstory tour of Derry - which was performed earlier this year to great acclaim.

On Sunday the highlights will include a talk by the stars of the recent Channel Four documentary ‘Fabulous Fashionistas’ which will take place at 4pm.

Also on the menu that day is ‘Lunchtime Literature’ where local authors, including the ‘Journal’s’ own Julieann Campbell and Claire Allan, will read from their work.

All WOW events in the Playhouse are free of charge and tickets are not required.

Come to as many talks, workshops and discussions as you like.

Women and men of all ages are welcome to attend.