Last week saw the fifth annual Women of the World Festival, or WOW as it’s known, at the Southbank Centre in London. Empathy Action team member Sandy Glanfield attended the Friday session of what was a lively week of talks, workshops and performances celebrating women and girls.
Activism Without Borders
Sandy’s highlight was attending the ‘Activism without Borders’ talk. This was a panel of writers and charity founders who spoke about their experience campaigning against domestic violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, gave the keynote address in which she said,
I believe that the momentum is with the young people and with the campaigners around the world who are demanding progress. They’re saying that when it comes to violence against women and girls, on FGM, on child marriage, on forced marriage, on sexual violence in conflict – ‘enough is enough’, and they are right.
Sandy was impressed by the event and, commenting on the panelists’ contributions to these issues, she said,
they have supported so many vulnerable women in this country; personally, with charities they have developed, and through laws they have influenced. They’ve also made powerful links with charities in other countries where FGM and forced marriage continues.
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