If there's anything that recent events (the Beeb pay-gap scandal, the Oxfam scandal, and, of course, the scandal to end all scandals involving The Producer Who Shall Not Be Named) has shown us, it's that pushing for gender equality and, y'know, the basic human right for women not to be objectified and intimidated in the workplace, is more important than ever. So the return of the Southbank Centre's ace Women of the World festival couldn't come at a better time. And this year's line-up of talks, comedy, debate and performance came to slay, with the likes of Munroe Bergdorf, Afua Hirsch, Sandi Toksvig, Ruby Wax, Dr Helen Pankhurst, and Everyday Sexism's Laura Bates (to name a few). Go, get inspired, make change.
Until 11 Mar; events individually priced or £30 for a day pass
Women of the World Festival, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
On the other hand, perhaps your mum is more of the refined, gourmand type, who'd appreciate a five-course seafood menu featuring Carlingford Loch oysters, spider crab and parmesan sandwiches, and skrei cod and hispi cabbage, served as a violin and cello play a selection of classical and folk arrangements? Then this will – literally – float her boat. Because London Shell Co, Regent Canal's excellent barge-based restaurant, is putting on a Mother's Day that involves all of the above as you cruise from Paddington to Camden and back again. Favourite-child status, assured.
11 Mar; £45
London Shell Co, The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6EP