The Women of the World (WOW) – Celebrating the Women of the Commonwealth – will be coming to Brisbane in early 2018.

WOW is a global force supporting women, action, and change. This organisation celebrates women’s achievements and continuously searches for ways to minimise the obstacles that prevent women from reaching their full potential, striving to be a catalyst for real change in areas such as politics, relationships, safety, economic participation, the arts, health, business, and education.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed her government’s support for the inaugural Women of the World Commonwealth event to be held in Brisbane in 2018.

She says that WOW will form part of the broader Gold Coast 2018 arts and cultural program,.

which will ensure the benefits of the Games extend beyond the eleven days of sport and continue into the future

“I am immensely proud to support WOW, which will showcase the achievements of women and girls, their stories, challenges and creativity, as well as the extraordinary diversity of Commonwealth cultures and traditions,” she said.

WOW, to be staged at the Brisbane Powerhouse, will feature workshops, markets, exhibitions, performances, film, and concerts. Speakers will include well-known leaders and change-makers in politics, arts, science, and sports.

Originating in London in 2010, WOW is staged in 15 locations across five continents with more regions joining the global movement each year.

WOW Brisbane 2015 was held at QUT Gardens Point campus and QPAC, and included panels and conversations, workshops, speed mentoring, an under 10’s Feminist Corner, and a cultural program (gallery below).

Ms Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, congratulated the Queensland Government on its association with WOW for 2018.

“The GC2018 Games will show just how far we have come since the first games in 1930, when women competed in just over ten per cent of medal events,” she said.

“I’d encourage all Queenslanders with a passion for arts, culture and celebrating women to support this event. WOW is for everyone and is guaranteed to be an uplifting, fun and life-changing experience.”

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will run from 4 to 15 April, 2018. 


Banner image: Professor Janet Wiles, Vanessa Lussini, Soniya Yambem, Professor Ranjeny Thomas, Cathie Schnitzerling