Two iconic women took the stage on Saturday 5th December with their powerful talks. Both Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American journalist and activist and Lindiwe Mazibuko,youngest-ever parliamentary leader in South Africa each unique in delivery, varied in aspect but linked in thought provoking essence. Urging us all to be active. Watch, digest and get moving. #VisionToReality
Mona Eltahawy is an award winning Egyptian-American journalist. She is writer, activist and public speaker on Arab, Muslim issues and global feminism. While covering the protests in Eygpt in November 2011, she was physically and sexually assaulted and detained by interior ministry and military intelligence.
Mona became an icon of the Egyptian revolution and her piece “Why Do They Hate Us?” became a viral sensation, followed by her book “Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.”
Lindiwe Mazibuko was until recently the Leader of the Opposition in the South African National Assembly, making her the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) youngest-ever parliamentary leader and the first black woman in South African history to be elected to the post of Leader of the Opposition. Mazibuko has committed herself to making Parliament the true centre of robust political debate and engagement in South Africa. On the TEDxEuston stage her commitment shone as the TEDxuston audience were enthralled by her powerful talk. She stated that Africa has a problem of nicely polished policies without implementation. She made a case for young people not to be disgusted with politics but get in there and be the change we believe. She said: ‘Remittance isn’t enough for the diaspora who want to give back. They must also share their skills and experience with Africa. Your country and continent needs you. Not later… Now!”