My Body Back’s WOW London Roundup

This week was a busy one for My Body Back, from International Women’s Day on Wednesday to the weekend’s WOW Festival at London’s Southbank Centre.

Wednesday

Our founder, Pavan Amara, took part in a talk for International Women’s Day at WOW. It was a great event and truly inspiring to hear about the work of Pavan’s fellow speakers.

L-R: Dr Elias Sousa Silva’s translator, Dr Elias Sousa Silva from Brazil (founder and director of Redes de Disenvolvimento da Mare), Jude Kelly (Founder of WOW), Pavan, Anu Partnenen from USA/Finland (author of The Nordic Theory of Everything).

Friday

Pavan spoke at a panel entitled Guilty Until Proven Innocent. Pavan spoke about My Body Back’s sister campaign, It’s Not Justice and how the pathway to justice can be improved for women who have experienced sexual assault.

L-R: Halla Gunnarsdottir (Head of Policy and Partnerships at the Women’s Equality Party), Harriet Wistrich (lawyer and founder of the Centre for Women’s Justice and Liberty’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2014, Pavan, Guorun Jonsdottir from Iceland (Icelandic feminist activist and spokeswoman for Stigamot)

Saturday

Pavan and our team of volunteers welcomed WOW festival goers at our stall, where we collected Notes of Love. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to visit us – your notes make a huge difference to all the women who receive our notes.

 

Sunday

Pavan chaired a panel entitled Sex and the Subcontinent panel, discussing the taboos of South Asian culture and how campaigners are working to help women overcome them.

L-R: Polly Harrah (founder of The Sharan Project), Samia Meah (youth homelessness campaigner), me. (bottom) l-r: Samia Meah, Polly Harrar, Coco Khan (journalist).