There has been lots of inspirational stuff happening this week, due in part to 8th March being International Women’s Day, but today sees the start of something really special. The first annual Women of the World Festival Conference has just kicked off at the Southbank Centre in London. All weekend this new festival aims to provide a “joyous celebration of the formidable strength and inventiveness of women”. With speakers from across five continents, it brings together amazing stories of triumph, action, challenge and enterprise from girls of 14 to women of 80. Musicians, lawyers, scientists, members of the clergy, journalists, politicians, community activists, gardeners, school girls and cocoa growers share ideas for change. Women’s organisations of every persuasion are represented in a great weekend of fierce debate and fantastic fun. Sadly I already had plans for this weekend when the schedule was announced, but I hope to attend next year. If you’re going, I hope you find it as inspiring as it sounds!