On a crisp winter afternoon (on December 2), speakers and performers, part of the TEDxLahoreWomen 2018 event, came together on one platform and spoke about topics ranging from women’s health to politics, neuroscience and the arts.
Tanzeela Qimbrani – Pakistan’s first Afro-Pakistani MPA (Member of Parliament) – spoke about her dedication towards her marginalized Sidi community (based in Sindh) and the backlash she faced when she forayed into politics. Passionately delivered, Qimbrani’s powerful talk highlighted the importance of standing up for your beliefs and working towards the betterment of one’s community, while raising awareness and shattering age-old stereotypes.
A neuro-rehabilitations physician, including the Founder of the NeuroArt Faculty at Alhamra Art Centre Bernardsville in New Jersey, USA, Arshia Qasim, gave a poignant talk about her brother Barkaat’s life-altering accident which propelled her research and work in the neuroscience of creativity. Amidst a thunderous applause and a standing ovation, Qasim spoke at length about her brother’s journey, how he defied the odds and how societies need to be more inclusive of those dealing with disabilities.
From filmmaker and MMA fighter, Sarah Tareen, to the Founder of Safe Delivery Safe Mother (a start-up which aims to reduce the extremely high rate of maternal mortality in Pakistan), Mehreen Shahid, an interactive workshop by Shagufta Butt (an educationist and the CEO of the popular ComicCon PK) and performances by the well-known musician, Natasha Humera Ejaz, and choreographer, Gillian Georgine Rhodes, TEDxLahoreWomen 2018 welcomed seven change-makers and awe-inspiring women to stage, leaving an enthused audience towards the end.
“The conversations at TEDxLahoreWomen 2018 gave not only women, but also men, a chance to participate and talk about the future we want to collectively shape,” stated Areej Mehdi, TEDxLahoreWomen 2018’s Co-curator, who was instrumental in putting together this year’s event.
Curated by and licensed to Irteza Ubaid, the event’s Curator and the TEDx Ambassador for Pakistan, TEDxLahoreWomen is the first-ever TEDxWomen event to come out of Pakistan and is held every year in the city of Lahore.