This article was originally posted here April 2, 2019
“We are creating our own recipe.”
At the 2019 Women of the World (WOW) Festival in New York, poet Camryn Bruno opened the event’s final day with a poem describing society’s “recipe” for the “perfect woman.” (“Disguise wrongs and tell her they are her rights. Force her to stand for them. Force her to stand. Force her to eat. Force this recipe down her throat. It doesn’t matter if she doesn’t like the flavor.”)
This powerful poem summarized the very purpose of the festival: to speak openly about the things that need to change and to come together to help make that change happen.
The third annual WOW Festival hosted by the Apollo Theater is a celebration of activism, bringing together music, art, culture, and conversations around issues pertaining to women.
“The beauty of the festival is that it’s truly a community-driven festival,” says Kamilah Forbes, Executive Producer at the Apollo Theater. As Forbes describes, the festival serves as a response to women’s most burning issues today, ranging from gender parity in the workplace and economic equality around the world to violence against young girls.
“There’s now a very active platform for women’s issues to be heard,” says Forbes. “It’s not just a certain sect of women. And now the world is listening more than ever.”