100 Women 2019 - The Female Future

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This year, 100 Women is asking: "What does the future look like for women around the world?"

Since 2013, BBC 100 Women has been showcasing the stories of inspirational women to a global audience.

In previous years, we have honoured a diverse group of incredible women, including make-up entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, activist Malala Yousafzai, athlete Simone Biles, supermodel Alek Wek, musician Alicia Keys, and Olympic champion boxer Nicola Adams.

In 2019, BBC 100 Women will be about The Female Future.

Futurism - the act of predicting and shaping the future - is dominated by men. But we're asking: What would the future look like if it were driven by women?

The highlight of the season will be two international Future Conferences. The first will be in London on 17 October, followed by Delhi on 22 October.

For these events we will bring together women who are experts in their fields - female futurists working at the cutting edge of science, arts, media, economics, education, fashion, religion, identity and many other areas.

From the American fertility expert who examines how the male pill will transform contraception, to the urban anthropologist exploring the design of the female-centric cities of the future and the bio-artist thinking of exponential technologies that will change our human interactions.

They will predict for us what the world will look like in 2030 in their areas of expertise.

Our audience will also be able to take part in Q&As and debates around the topics that our speakers champion, as well as access installations and immerse themselves in VR experiences.

100 Women 2019 will show you versions of the future that will challenge, concern and inspire you.



Thursday, 17 October


BBC Radio Theatre, New Broadcasting House, Portland Place. London, W1A 1AA.

The day will be divided into two sessions: morning (9:30 - 13:30) and afternoon (14:00-17:45).


Morning session

  • Keynote speaker: Laura Bates - Everyday sexism: Removing the hurdles
  • Lauren Mahon (health) - Girl vs Cancer: You can't be what you can't see
  • Amy Karle (arts and tech) - The Future Human: Who will we become under the influence of technology?
  • Vandana Shiva (environment) - Women's knowledge of the living Earth will save the planet
  • Jamie Margolin (environment) - Zero Hour: Will "Generation Greta" change the world?
  • Erika Lust (adult film-making) - Next generation porn: How women can drive the future of adult cinema
  • Nanjira Sambuli (data and digital equality) - The Tech of Our Lives… and what we must do about it

Afternoon session

  • Keynote speaker: Jung Chang - Writing real women
  • Lisa Campo-Engelstein (fertility) - The male pill: Will it help advance gender equality?
  • Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman (cities) - The future of cities is human… and female-centric
  • Owl Fisher + Sharan Dhaliwal (in conversation) - The future of gender identities: What will the fight for diversity and inclusion bring?
  • Alanoud Alsharekh (politics) - Surmounting stereotypes: Arab women in a changing political landscape
  • Véronique Thouvenot (health and population) - Zero Mothers Die: We already have the tools - why have we not made maternal mortality a problem of the past?

* The programme may be subject to change. Any update will be posted on this page.

To RSVP and secure your place please reply to the invitation email with the details of the session(s) you would like to attend.

Minimum age: 18

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