Author Polly Vernon and barrister Charlotte Proudman will join talks and performances and a celebration of women’s achievements as part of Cambridge’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival this March.

I am delighted that this year’s inspiring and diverse programme promises to provide a valuable opportunity to challenge the issues and barriers to success women still face

Sigrid Fisher

The full line-up was unveiled today, showing Fringe events taking place from 1-4 March all over the city with a dedicated day of events at Cambridge Junction on 5 March. As well as talks, debates and performances, focusing on politics, education and empowerment, the Junction will host a marketplace of stalls and live music, speed mentoring, a career clinic, free crèche and stand-up comedy. WOW Extras events take place 6-17 March.

Vernon, writer of the critically acclaimed Hot Feminist, joins the debate on whether women are Seen And Not Heard on 5 March. Barrister and women’s rights champion Charlotte Proudman will be in conversation with activists and outreach workers to mark International Women's Day on 7 March.

WOW Cambridge is in its second year, and planning the programme for 2016 was a city-wide effort, with ideas submitted during a community ‘think-in’ back in October.

Executive Producer Sigrid Fisher said the community feel will continue throughout the festival. She added: "We want this to be accessible to everyone. I'm looking forward to women and men coming to WOW as it’s for anyone and everyone who wants to celebrate women and talk about gender equality.

“I am delighted that this year’s inspiring and diverse programme promises to provide not just an invaluable opportunity to celebrate women’s strengths, achievements and spirit but also to challenge the issues and barriers to success women still face.

“I look forward to people coming together here to share ideas and experiences and form new and lasting networks.”

WOW originated in London and has grown into the largest festival of its kind since it started in 2011, with 15 festivals on five continents, including Baltimore, Brisbane, Londonderry and Harlem involving a total of over a million people across the world.

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