TEDxWomen: The Paley Center for Media and over 130 global TEDx events explore the stakes for women today


Recently, women’s issues have been dominating media. In Pakistan, a 14-year-old girl was shot for campaigning for girls’ education. In the United States, presidential debates are riddled with questions on reproductive rights and equal pay. In India, the first woman president retired this July. And in the Middle East, women protested for change during the Arab Spring in Tahrir Square and in Tunisia, and more recently, in Cairo for the right to be part of drafting Egypt’s new constitution. 

Worldwide, protests like Slutwalk and Take Back the Night speak out against sexual assault, domestic abuse and gender stereotypes. Yet, the conversation on women’s issues is hardly over. So much is yet to be said, and many roadblocks exist that have yet to have been overcome.

This winter, the second annual TEDxWomen will continue that conversation on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Themed “The Space Between,”  and hosted by Pat Mitchell and the Paley Center for Media, over 130 TEDx events worldwide will be hosted around the event’s webcast, and  consider the ideas, women and girls designing our future.

The full line-up of TEDxWomen speakers is yet to be announced, but the event will feature talks by Tony award-winning playwright and author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler, as well as by Fatou B. Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

TEDxWomen is designed to make voices heard. Attendee of last year’s TEDxWomen, fashion designer and founder of the Urban Zen Foundation, Donna Karan wrote of her experience on her blog, "Attending the 2011 TEDxWomen conference offered a powerful platform to experience the fearlessness of women…Hearing the individual stories of such a diverse group of women at this year’s TEDxWomen truly shed a light on how much we have to learn from our shared experiences. I walked away from TEDxWomen feeling excited and hopeful. These conversations are pivotal and I know this is just the beginning.”

To take part in this global conversation yourself, sign up to host a livestreaming event, or find a TEDxWomen event near you to attend here.

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