The Duchess of Cornwall hosts a reception on International Women’s Day

 

The Duchess of Cornwall hosts a reception on International Women’s Day to celebrate the Women of the World Festival.

The Duchess of Cornwall hosts a reception on International Women’s Day
The Duchess of Cornwall hosts a reception on International Women’s Day

The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on International Women’s Day to celebrate the Women of the World Festival.

The Duchess is President of Southbank Centre's WOW - Women of the World festival - which runs throughout this week.

The WOW festival has grown to become a global network of festivals which champion gender equality, celebrating the achievements of women and girls and examining the obstacles which stop them from fulfilling their potential.

Now in its seventh year, WOW reaches almost two million people across five continents. This year's London festival has issued a call to action for women and girls to identify their one solution to make the world a fairer place for their peers.

Leading women from national life attended the event today, including actress Gillian Anderson, author Kathy Lette and entrepreneur Karren Brady.

Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre's artistic director and WOW founder, said: "As women's progress accelerates globally we are seeing backlash and resistance surfacing, with basic rights under threat and a frightening increase in violence against women.

"In using all our creativity to support each other, we can find the courage to move beyond our own circles and learn how other women face challenges different from our own.

"WOW celebrates and learns from diversity of all kinds - and welcomes everyone to be part of this global movement for change."

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