The world has changed in New York and London, in Delhi and Mumbai, and in my home city of Kabul. But if we step outside our familiar urban boxes, another world is waiting: a world without webinars…a world where access to such things simply doesn’t exist.
In this other world, what has changed is a deepening of existing inequalities; a deepening that disproportionately affects women and girls. In this other world beyond our computer screens, more than 130 million girls are being deprived of a basic human right. This is the right to be educated – and education will be the equalizer that dismantles the wall between the two worlds.
Shabana Basij-Rasikh (Co-Founder and President, SOLA):
Shabana Basij-Rasikh is the co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA). SOLA is the first and only private boarding school for girls in Afghanistan, and in 2020 enrolled more than 80 students in grades 6-10.
Born in Kabul, Shabana’s childhood was spent under the Taliban regime at a time when girls’ education was outlawed. She studied in secret until the fall of the Taliban in 2001; her experiences motivate her certainty that investing in girls’ education is a nation’s path to a prosperous future.
Shabana is a magna cum laude graduate of Middlebury College in the USA and holds a Master in Public Policy from Oxford University. She is a global ambassador for Girl Rising, a worldwide campaign for girls’ education, and in 2018 she was awarded one of Afghanistan’s highest civilian honors for her work with SOLA. In 2019, Forbes named her to their 30 Under 30 Asia list as a social entrepreneur.
As part of our Women’s Day webinar series, join Seema Anand as she revisits one of the first texts in the world to give women a platform of equality –the Kama Sutra. Standing up against thousands of years of tradition and in the face of much controversy, it gave women the right to consent and acknowledged a woman’s right to pleasure – because if a woman could not be considered worthy of respect and status even in the privacy of her bedroom, what chance did she have of that status and respect in the outside world?
Seema Anand is a storyteller, mythologist and award winning author specialising in women’s narratives with a focus on the erotic literatures of Ancient India.
Her seminal work “The Arts of Seduction” is a ground breaking commentary on the Kama sutra, overturning myths and misconception on the text and reintroducing it as an essential part of India’s literary heritage.
Seema’s research on ancient Indian folklore is affiliated to the UNESCO initiative for preserving endangered oral traditions, she has developed education resources based on these narratives for several international organisations including the V&A and the British Museum and is currently heading the revival of the Kaavad storytelling traditions of Rajasthan in partnership with the Essex Cultural Diversity Project.
In the corporate sector Seema teaches storytelling as a leadership skill.
She is director for the annual Brent Cross Diwali celebrations, holds the Guinness book of records for the largest rangoli in the world and is a qualified master of tantric meditation traditions.
The pandemic has distanced us from the world we knew but has connected us with our kitchens. We have discovered that the kitchen is the epicenter of health, immunity, family bonding, sharing, and caring. That the food wisdom passed down by our grandmothers is not just pandemic-proof, it is future-proof. Because it is based on the principles Age of sustainability – local, seasonal and traditional. And that we must focus on gaining health and not losing weight.
Why should you attend?
Join me on this webinar series as I talk about a topic close to everyone’s heart – our health. We will discover the role that daily habits play in keeping us healthy and happy. How food, exercise, and sleep build health and how health is beyond weight loss and counting calories. And how it is time to reconnect to our kitchens and farms if we want to pursue sustainable health.
Amongst the world’s most followed nutritionists and India’s leading public health advocate, Rujuta Diwekar is a vocal champion of using common sense and uncomplicating the act of eating right. Her books have sold more than a 1.5 million copies and continue to define the discourse on food and exercise. She emphasises on a blend of traditional food wisdom and modern nutrition science for a healthy body and mind, best reflected through the mantra – Eat local, think global.
Kiran Gandhi, who performs as Madame Gandhi, will take the stage at TEDxGateway to share a unique and exclusive perspective on how taking time during this pandemic can enable us to all bring our best selves to the work that matters most to us. She will open by performing some of her latest music and then will address themes of gender liberation, artistic expression, self empowerment and leading with kindness. In the Q+A portion, she will expand on how there is so much to learn from creative communities when it comes to redesigning systems to work better for all of us. Join us for this intimate 30 minutes of inspiration, uplifting energy and music.
Kiran Gandhi, who performs as Madame Gandhi, is an artist and activist whose mission is to celebrate gender liberation. She has toured drumming for M.I.A, Thievery Corporation and most recently Oprah on her 2020 Vision Stadium Tour with morning dance party Daybreaker. Madame Gandhi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Women’s Studies from Georgetown and an MBA from Harvard. She is a voting member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMY), has been listed as a Forbes 30 Under 30 member and is a 2020 TED Fellow. Her mathy percussion, uplifting music and inspiring talks have been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Billboard, NPR and more.
In this session, Captain Zoya Agarwal shares her experience of operating the world’s longest commercial flight that crossed the North Pole at 34,000 feet in the sky and the lead up to the take off that she hopes, will inspire many.
Captain Zoya Agarwal is a Commander ranked pilot with Air India.
Professionally, she talks about the various challenges of polar flying, dealing with the AMU area of magnetic unreliability where the horizontal component of earth’s magnetic field virtually disappears, making the magnetic compass highly unreliable and the rapidly converging longitudes coming together as one point, North Pole or NOPOL
She is a frequent speaker at high schools in minority localities and encourages students to think beyond their poor surroundings.