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WOW Festival Bus arrives in Bradford

In an effort to inspire the next generation of young people, WOW – Women of the World brought the WOW Girls Festival Bus to Bradford this Wednesday.

As part of a catalogue of WOW Girls Festival events taking place in the City, Bradford College hosted around 50 female professionals and students for a special speed mentoring session in the David Hockney Building today.

Students were treated to three 15-minute meets with women from across different sectors, as a chance to seek empowerment, inspiration and support.

Cathryn Fenton (Project Manager, WOW) took time to speak about the organisation’s successful collaboration with Bradford College: “We’ve been so happy to work with Bradford College, the engagement and turn out has been amazing. We’ve been working across Bradford all week and have found the people want to talk and learn from each other; this is so important within a community.

“The young people here get an opportunity to talk to people from all different walks of life. All the mentors come from various different fields and have taken their own unique path to get to where they are now. Being able to see all these different routes is reassuring to the girls and shows they can take their own path to find success.”

Following a lunch in The Grove training restaurant, goodie bags were handed out from Bradford College before mentors and mentees visited the University of Bradford campus for the second part of the day. This provided the opportunity to climb aboard the famous ‘WOW Girls Festival Bus’, outside the University’s Richmond Building, to take part in a range of useful activities and workshops.

The eyecatching Wow Bus in all its glory

The Bus itself is an interactive space created with and for young people, working with Getaway Girls in Leeds and artist Emma Hardaker. On the bus, visitors enter a creative exploration of gender equity, through play, reading, digital experiences and a recording studio.

Alina Khan (Vice Principal for EDI & Student Experience), one of the key driving forces behind the special visit, said:

“We’ve been extremely lucky to work with WOW this year and bring the concept of speed mentoring to Bradford.

“It is so nice to be in a room full of inspiring women and girls! Women can been catalysts for change, shattering stereotypes and defying expectations but despite remarkable strides that have been made towards gender equality, there is still much work to be done.

“Events like this are a reminder that we all have a role to play in creating a more just, equal, and inclusive world for future generations. Let’s commit ourselves to breaking down barriers, challenging injustice, and building a brighter future where every person can thrive.”

The WOW Foundation is a worldwide movement with the mission of celebrating women and girls, exploring the obstacles they face through festivals from Brisbane to Beijing to Bradford. It was founded in 2010 by Jude Kelly and is a charity that believes a gender equal world is desirable, possible and urgently required.

This event came as part of a series marking International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March, where College buildings will light up purple, as well as our ongoing campaign to support Women and Girls in STEM.

You can find out more about everything exciting going on at Bradford College by visiting our events calendar.

Published: 7th March 2024


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