In Pictures: TedxKabulWomen speakers discuss invigorating ideas to inspire change

This year’s TEDxKabulWomen event was held on Friday in Kabul. Many Afghan women from diverse fields spoke on the occasion and presented their invigorating ideas before an impressive audience of students, activists and entrepreneurs.  

The event aimed to celebrate the stories of Afghan women who have embraced change and carved a niche for themselves despite heavy odds and apparently insurmountable obstacles.

TEDxKabulWomen, conceived by a group of enterprising individuals, seeks to provide platform to women leaders in Afghanistan to exchange challenging ideas, inspire others and be inspired.

The theme of the event was ‘momentum, moving forward, gaining speed and building traction’. The four speakers explored creative ideas to create momentum in the way people think, live and work.

Dr. Sima Samar, chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), spoke about the human rights situation in Afghanistan and the role of government and civil society to prevent human rights abuses.

Mariam Safi, executive director of DROPS, an organization for policy research and development studies, spoke about the importance of engaging and involving women in policy research.

Zakia Wardak, architect-entrepreneur and chairperson of Society of Afghan Women in Engineering and Construction (SAWEC), spoke on the theme of ‘helping yourself to help others’.

Roya Rahmani, director general for regional cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), spoke about the importance of asking the right questions.

The event was attended by women and men from all walks of life. Five women artists were also in attendance. In addition, women-made handicrafts and traditional Afghan costumes were put on display.

Besides organizers, a team of 28 talented and experienced individuals, both men and women, worked as volunteers in the day-long event.

TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to ‘ideas worth spreading’, started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago.

Over the years, it has grown to support those path-breaking ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers to speak for 18 minutes.

TED speakers have included the likes of Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and Gordon Brown.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  

At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 


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