Nicola Sturgeon, Val McDermid and Kirsty Wark among stellar line-up coming to Women of the World festival in Perth

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THE Women of the World festival is coming to Scotland for the first time from Friday 27th October.

Venues in Perth will be hosting events featuring speakers such as Scotland’s First Minister, author Val McDermid and broadcaster Kirsty Wark.

WOW Festival 2017 will officially launch with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in conversation with WOW founder Jude Kelly on Friday 27th at Perth Concert Hall.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was ‘proud’ to be opening the festival..

She said: “Events such as WOW are extremely important. They help to open up the debate about gender parity, how we can accelerate progress, overcome the obstacles facing women today and how we can deliver an age of true equality.

“Achieving this is my priority as First Minister, but it is an important task for all of us.

“I look forward to an evening of great discussion celebrating and recognising the many achievements of women and girls.”

Kirtsy Wark’s discussion will be titled ‘Is 60 the new 30?’ and will explore the realities facing women as they step into the ‘third age’

Joining Kirsty will be Perth locals Rachel Weiss – founder of Perth’s (and the world’s) first Menopause Café – and Clare Cooper, an entrepreneur and passionate advocate for independent living for older people, to feature during the hour long chat on Saturday afternoon at Perth Concert Hall.

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Celebrated Scottish crime writer Val McDermid will be joined by filmmaker Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi for an event named Braw Lassies from Bonnie Scotland.

The diverse and vibrant programme also includes ‘Whose Land is it Anyway? with Lesley Riddoch, a politics workshop featuring MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, a discussion on violence against women chaired by Talat Yaqoob and a talk on period poverty where MSP Monica Lennon will be one the the speakers.

Leading WOW Perth festival programmer Lou Brodie, said: “Over the past months I have met amazing local women from Perth and Kinross and brilliant women from a variety of Scotland’s dynamic communities.

The WOW Perth weekend brings all of these women together as we ask ourselves what a gender equal Scotland might look like?

“This is Scotland and Perth’s first WOW and I hope everyone will jump in and participate; whether it’s taking part in workshops, lending their voice to the many discussions or simply listening from the audience we are encouraging women and men of all ages to come along and be inspired.”

For the full programme, click here.

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