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Lennox helps celebrate Women's Day

Former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox was among the stars who joined the Duchess of Cornwall at an event marking the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.

Australian author Kathy Lette and campaigner Bianca Jagger also helped celebrated the milestone.

The Duchess hosted a reception for the leading ladies at her official London home Clarence House.

Lennox said: 'I think it's an acknowledgement of all the women here and the work they have done. It's is fantastic that the Duchess is so committed to supporting this event.

"It just think it is so lovely. I've met her several time before and she has always been such a gentle person and I'm delighted that she is hosting this event."

A new three-day festival called WOW - Women of the World - is launched on Friday at London's Southbank Centre to present, recognise and celebrate women.

Over the coming days there will be talks, debates and performances by a host of famous names including Speech Debelle and V V Brown.

There will be an evening of comedy and music with Sue Perkins and Sandi Toksvig and speakers include Susie Orbach and Band Of Gold writer Kay Mellor.

Bianca Jagger said: "I experience gender discrimination in my life. It's very subtle.

"When I am debating this issue with high-powered men you will be told that your views are out of line or they will interrupt you, but they would never do that to each other."

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