Find the detailed programme schedule of WOW Kathmandu in tabs below. 

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time: 11 am - 8 pm

Venue: National Administrative Staff College, Jawalakhel

(You can also download the programme schedule in PDF from the download link below)

WOW Kathmandu TALKS

Women and Power - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Mainstage)

What is women's relationship to power and is it different from men's? Four women from South Asia in diffent fields discuss. 

Speakers: Ambassador Nasim Ferdous, Nidhi Goyal, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala and Honourable Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla 

Moderated by: Jude Kelly, Founder of WOW and Artistic Director, Southbank Centre  

Breaking Boundaries / 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (Mainstage)

What will it take to end gender based violence? Hear from people defying culture, social and religious traditions to break cycles of violence.

Speakers: Dr. Renu Adhikari, Kapil Kafle, Sulakshana Rana and Durga Sob

Moderated by: Saguna Shah 

Taking Over Tech / 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Mainstage)

Women are changing South Asia's growing tech industry. Come and find out why tech is not just for the boys with panelists from across South Asia. 

Speakers: Jehan Ara, Sonia Bashir Kabir, Gayatri Buragohain and Amuda Mishra

Moderated by: Sumana Shrestha


Forced to Move / 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Mainstage)

Trafficking and forced labour migration are a huge problem in Nepal. Meet the woman who are fighting it.

Speakers: Saraswati Adhikari, Sunita Danuwar, Anuradha Koirala and Bijaya Rai Shrestha

Moderated by: Shreejana Pokhrel Siwakoti


Pick of the festival / 5:00 pm - 6: 00 pm (Mainstage)

It is impossible to see all the amazing stories at WOW. So here's a pick of the festival just for you.

Jude Kelly, Malvika Subba and Word Warriors 

read full profiles of all the speakers from talks here


WOW Kathmandu BITES

12:30 - 1:30 pm (Auditorium)

  • Surya Kunwar on breaking all the stereotypes as a tempo driver
  • Dr. Paleshwan Joshi Lakhey on how women can be surgeons too
  • Barsha Basnet on the joys & challenges of stunt-bike riding
  • Charimaya Taman on surviving being trafficked, and how 'Impossible spells I'm possible'
  • Loonibha Tuladhar on being a female theatre actor in Nepal 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Auditorium)

  • Sophie Sunuwar on being Nepal's first transgender make-up artists
  • Vishnu Magar on leading her family as a single mother
  • Nidhi Goyal on on gender, sexuality, and disability rights in India and beyond
  • Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala on making it to the top of the world as a mountaineer 

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Auditorium)

  • Rakshya Singh Rana on being technically sound, creatively gifted & encouraging women's empowerment through film
  • Dr. Bijaya Panta on being a botanist with a passion for orchids
  • Sabita Mahat on surviving a burn acttack- and working with fellow survivors
  • Payal Thapa on spinning tunes and being Kathmandu's first professional female DJ
  • Achala Dahal on why Nepal should be ready for the next disaster & how women are disproportionately affected
  • Kripa Joshi on creating Miss Moti: a comic character with a difference that captures hearts across Nepal

 Find full profiles of all the speakers from the BITES here

WOW Kathmandu WORKSHOPS (registration at the entrance)

A-Z Start UPs / 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (Workshop room)

Hosted by Nikita Acharya (Urban Girl)

Bodily Integrity: Myths & Facts / 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Workshop room)

Hosted by Jyotsana Maskey and Shiwa Karmacharya (Loom Nepal)

Under 10s Feminist Corner / 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Workshop room)

Hosted by Punjita Pradhan (gather at workshop space)

Dance Movement Therapy / 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Workshop room)

Hosted by Gomawati (Srijana) Pun

Read more about workshops here


  • Manushi
  • Kala Guthi
  • Teach for Nepal
  • Ujyalo Foundation
  • Himalayan Climate Initiative
  • ERSVP (Ensuring Rights Through Skills Voice Project)
  • Mandala Book Boint
  • BBC Media Action
  • Women Lawyers Joining Hands
  • Makerkt 
  • Paila Shoes
  • Blue Diamond Society
  • Loom Nepal
  • Hope Hermitage Nepal
  • Drishti Nepal
  • Janakpur Women Development Centre
  • ROKPA Women's Workshop
  • Burns Violence Survior
  • Marie Stopes Nepal
  • Jamarko
  • Didi Bahini Sahakari
  • Bungmati Kasthakala
  • Seeing Hands
  • Epsa Unjanya Nepal


Share challenges, chat and meet with a range of mentors. Registration for mentoring at the extrance*

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (Garden)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Garden)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Garden)

* For these sessions, space is limited 


6:00 pm - 8: 00 pm (Mainstage)

  • Abhaya and The Steam Injuns
  • The Kathmandu Killers

All day

  • Live art from ArtLab
  • People in Polaroid
  • Nirtya Aagan Indian Classical Dance
  • Yeti Taekwondo Dojang demonstration
  • Sarangi performance from Minu Waiba
  • Wheelchair dance
  • Milan Rai
  • B-Boying
  • Circus Kathmandu



See also