Women of The World – Fashion, Comedy and VideoTapes
This year’s International Women’s Day and Women of the World festival was even more fun than the last time. I really love this time of year, as it is always such a celebration with many of the women across the business, cultural, non profit and creative industries that I admire and greatly enjoy working with. This year was extra special as it was mother’s day, and my own mother came to visit for the weekend and join in with the fun.
I started my work the night before the International Women’s Day by taking part in a gala event that Funny Women did in partnership with Womankind Worldwide. The 10 Nations Comedy Gala, was a great event. I took part in an excellent panel hosted by Viv Groskop with some very talented women; Andrea Mann; Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell, founder and executive director of African Peoples Advocacy; Vanessa Vallely the founder of leading women’s network, job board and website WeAreTheCity and CareersCity, and 79 year old American comic Lynn Ruth Miller. my since adopted grandmother of comedy, Lynn Ruth Miller. You can see highlights from the event here, which later featured ten female comedians from different countries. The debate asked the question, can women be funny? The answer, do cows have legs?
For this event, I wore a stunning and of course ethical Phannatiq dress, died with turmeric and later wore another one with the same print at the WOW festival.
Then Friday until Sunday I took part in the WOW festival at the southbank centre. An event that is growing each year and becoming stronger and stronger. My highlight this year was Alice Walker, which you can watch here and find other incredible talks. I hosted a WOW Bites panel on one of the days and also took part in the Fashion, Beauty and Style session that was hosted by June Sarpong with other speakers journalist Hadley Freeman and Deputy Editor of Elle UK, Natasha Pearlman. You can listen to the discussion in full through the link below, and you can read some of the highlights in this blog post on the Oxfam Fashion blog.
For this debate, I wore a gorgeous made in the UK Beautiful Soul black lace dress.