Today The Duchess of Cornwall, in her role as President of the Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival, hosted a reception on International Women’s Day to celebrate this year’s festival at Clarence House.
Mona has recently been awarded the WOW Lifetime Achievement Award for her theatre career and for championing black British actors.
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) March 8, 2018
In 2015, Camilla became President of WOW – Women of the World in 2015 and given her support to the festival since its inception in 2010.
She launched WOW Australia in Sydney in 2012 and WOW Washington in The United States in 2015.Embed from Getty Images
In February 2015 HRH attended a reception to mark the launch of WOW – Women of the World at the Royal Festival Hall.
In March 2016 the Duchess held a reception at Clarence House.
Last year’s gathering was held at Buckingham Palace on 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day 2017.Embed from Getty Images
Guests at this year’s reception included Annie Lennox, Mary Portas, Kate Mosse OBE, Fatima Manji, Josette Bushell-Mingo, Kathy Lette, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Baroness Valerie Amos, Jo Swinson MP and Jess Phillips MP.
Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival, which is supported by Bloomberg, is the global festival movement founded by Jude Kelly CBE in London in 2010. The festival celebrates women and girls and tries to find solutions to tackle the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.
Now in its eighth year, WOW – Women of the World has reached over two million people worldwide.
Speakers have included Malala Yousafzai, Christine Lagarde, Angela Davis, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Salma Hayek, Annie Lennox, Gordon Brown, Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart and women and men not in the public sphere, who are working every day to achieve gender equality.
This year sees the first WOW Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a WOW Commonwealth festival at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Camilla will host a tea for festival supporters when she travels to Australia for the Commonwealth Games with Prince Charles.
The 2018 festival, at London’s Southbank Centre, runs from 7-11 March and is chocked full of over 200 events, from talks and panels to comedy, concerts, creative activities and networking.
This year’s speakers include Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Sandi Toksvig, Ruby Wax, June Sarpong and Dame Helena Morrissey.