A Weekend at #WOW and Thoughts on Africa’s Feminism

I spent the weekend before last at the Women of the World festival in London, probably the most inspiring thing I’ve done in the past year. WOW celebrates women in all their diversity using a platform of talks, debates, workshops and panel discussions on women’s issues.

Any weekend spent at the Southbank Centre feels awesome for a culture geek like me, but a couple of things had me feeling like I was walking on air as soon as I walked into the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday morning.

First, I was struck by just how diverse the women around me were: in age, sexual orientation, race, physical ability, religion, and by how inclusive the atmosphere was. Afros mixed with hijabs, mixed with blond hair, mixed with shaved heads. It felt really cool to be part of a sisterhood, without judgement. Whatever we looked like, or believed, we were there, together, because we shared similar interests, concerns, dreams and challenges. And that’s a powerful thing.

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