Is there a right way to bring up boys? Are we giving boys the tools they need to contribute to a gender-equal world? And how can we encourage them to identify damaging, learned behaviours without harming their self-esteem?

These are some of the questions inscribed in one of the works-in-progress on Diana’s studio easel pictured here with the artist’s young son running around. Chiming with the global lockdown, these issues are also part of Diana’s new body of works Contemporary Fairy-Tale Magic. 

These are also some of the questions to be discussed live on BBC during the WOWxBBC Festival this weekend. Wow, you say, echoing WOW which stands for Women of the World – the charitable foundation that believes a gender equal world is desirable, possible and urgently required.

Join us on Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 3.30pm, as Diana and I will tune in to hear Jude Kelly, the founder of the WOW Foundation talking about raising sons, with advertising boss Karen Blackett and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake. Until then. Yours, Iliyana Nedkova

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