Key Dates
Submission deadline: 30th November 2013
Notification date and Exhibition launch
by the end of January 2014
Exhibition 20th - 30th March 2014

Voices of Womanhood

Voices of Womanhood Festival Day

Sunday 23rd March 2014

Roxy Bar and Screen

128 Borough High Street



Hosted by Women’s Interfaith Network in partnership with Women’s Voices Now.


This event is held in conjunction with the Spirit of Womanhood Exhibition, galleries@OXO, Southbank, 20th-30th March 2014 to mark the double celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Women’s Interfaith Network in conjunction with International Women’s Day.


Tickets available on the door, or in advance from Marion

Tickets are £15.00 for a full day, and £7.30 for a half day pass to all events.


Festival Day Schedule

FILM 11.00-12.30 Inner Gaze

Short-films selected from WVN’s archive which use the medium of film to explore and express how people perceive their own femininity and notions of womanhood.

FILM 13.00-14.00 Feature film : The Honour Diaries’

Testimonies from women who have witnessed first-hand the hardships women endure, are profiled in their efforts to effect change, both in their communities and beyond.

FILM  14.30- 16:00 : WVN Female impact – short films 

Short-films selected from WVN’s archive which address cultural and political issues and explore the medium as a means of creating social impact.

Speaker: 16:00 – 16:45 Hagit Yakira: The Journey between a self and another

Drawing from her personal experience as a dance artist Hagit Yakira will discuss her process of becoming a choreographer, a voice, and a narrator. Shifting from personal anecdotes to more political and philosophical debates, Yakira will discuss autobiographical choreographies as storytelling of relationship

Speaker : 17.00-18.00 Charlotte Hodes: Female Form With an international reputation as an artist working through collage across different media, Charlotte Hodes is a female artist engaged in the languages of fine and decorative arts. In her work, whether working in painting, papercut, ceramics or glass the motif of the female figure is the overriding theme, represented as a kind of semi-permeable membrane through which anxieties and experience travel. In this talk Charlotte will examine the way in which she depicts the female figure within a contemporary context and the influences that have formed her vision as an artist.

Panel Discussion: 18.30 ‘Women’s Voices in art – is anyone listening?

Charlotte Hodes, Hagit Yakira, Reina Lewis, Laura Moffatt,

FILM 19.30-21.00 Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003.

Women’s Interfaith Network Lady Gilda Levy and Pinky Lilani OBE founded Women’s Interfaith Network in order to promote understanding and a sustainable dialogue between women of different faiths and cultures. WIN is an organization composed of different women’s groups from diverse religions who have come together to engage in meaningful dialogue with other women from all faith communities and are committed to building a more tolerant and inclusive society.We need to promote a dialogue that would foster communication and trust, as for too long we have seen each other through the dangerous prism of stereotypes.  Only by engaging with each other would we be able to dismantle those stereotypes, build understanding, trust and to replace ignorance with knowledge and prejudice with friendship.WIN is a testimony to our determination to do something to make a difference to the world in which we all live, and the world that we will leave to our children.

Women’s Voices NowWomen’s Voices Now (WVN) is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Los Angeles, California. Our mission is to amplify the voices of all women living in Muslim-majority societies by promoting their freedom of expression, thereby giving voice to their struggles for civil, economic, political, and gender rights. We carry out our mandate by producing a bi-annual film festival, and by providing internationally-viewed platforms for film, art, writing, and social-media technology from which women and their supporters speak directly to each other and to an international audience. With very limited resources and true grassroots efforts, to date, our films and materials are viewed and utilized for educational and motivational purposes by women and men in 176 countries.

Panel Speakers


Hagit Yakira is an award winning Israeli choreographer, who founded Hagit Yakira Dance Company in 2007 and has since gone on to tour the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Israel.


Charlotte Hodes is a Jerwood prize winning artist and a Professor in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London.


Reina Lewis is Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.


Laura Moffatt is Director of Art and Christianity Enquiry and writes regularly on religious art and architecture.