Following on the footsteps of WOW Global 24—the first-ever online women’s festival—the British Council is organizing a series of virtual programmes in the months between August and October. An assortment of programmes including panel discussions, one-on-one conversations, performances, virtual tours and book read-aloud will feature Nepali women from different parts of the country and from different walks of life. The programmes will explore the themes of violence, justice, climate, money and health and how they affect the lives of women in Nepal.

WOW — Women of the World — is a global movement that champions gender equality, celebrating the achievements of women and girls everywhere and examining the obstacles that keep them from fulfilling their potential. Festivals take place year-round across around the world and were first held in Kathmandu on 18 February, 2017 at the Nepal Administrative Staff College, Lalitpur, and was convened by Jude Kelly, founder of WOW in partnership with the British Council.The second iteration of the festival was held on 17 February 2018, at the Institute of Engineering (IOE) – Pulchowk Campus, Kathmandu, followed by the latest iteration held in Janakpur, Province-2 on 6 and 7 December 2019.

Programme Schedule

Dates Programmes
9 August

Indigenous Women and Empowerment

WOW emcee and curator Malvika Subba will be talking to two Nepali women Chini Maya Majhi and Kalpana Limbhu, who have championed the identity of indigenous women and have strived to advocate for indigenous knowledge and culture. More about the event HERE.

14 August

Social Issues in Personal Stories: An Intergenerational Conversation

Four women poets from different age groups will come together for this intergenerational conversation and will talk about how poetry has enabled their self-expression and at the same time how this creative tool is able to help them comment on issues surrounding them. More about the event HERE.

21 August

Witch Accusation and Persecution: A Harmful Practice

Gender Specialist Anjana Luitel and photographer Nabin Baral have conversations with journalists, lawyers and women who have been accused and persecuted for practicing witchery. This multimedia session will feature photographs of Baral who has been documenting witch accusations and persecution in Nepal for the past six years. The conversation will focus on the situation of the issue in Tarai and the larger Nepal and will delve into how the physical and mental wellbeing and social relationships of victims are affected due to accusation and persecution.

28 August

Virtual Heritage Tour - The Seven Summits with Shailee Basnet

Shailee Basnet, who led the first all-women team of seven-summiteers and started a journey from Mt Everest in 2008 leading to the group conquering all peaks by 2014 will talk about the challenges that her group faced throughout the journey and how solidarity and support between the women ended up becoming the strongest motivating factor for them to succeed. She will also talk about life after seven-summits and how her team has been working with young trafficking survivors to help them become professional trekking guides. More about the event HERE.

4 September Women, Mental Health and Wellbeing
11 September Children's Literature and Gender
18 September Queer Expressions
23 September Being a Woman and Deaf

All programmes are scheduled from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

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