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TED Women: A Good Start to Talk About Women’s Ideas in 2010

There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help women says Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 8th December 2010 in TED women Conference at International Trade Center (ITC) in Washington DC. World Pulse Voices of Our Future correspondents Sunita Basnet (myself), Jacqueline Patiño, and Malayapinas attended the TED women conference which was co-hosted by Pat Mitchelle , the founder of Palley Media center.

First time in my life, I became a first audience and a speaker from Nepal in TED Women conference, which was organized by TED on 7th and 8th December 2010. It was also a first Women Conference organized from TED where women from various professions come to exchange their ideas, inspired each other and transform. About 700 people mostly women gathered in Washington DC in a remarkable journey of TED. TED Women conference was an idea of Pat Michelle because she believes that it is very powerful to hear from others or others ideas especially women’s ideas.

The conference was divided into six speaking sessions, community lunch, break and social spaces, which cost $2,200 to hear 70 powerful speakers around the world. Our talks were schedule at the first day of the conference in Welcome Dinner session. The attendees and speakers were from about 30 different countries.

As speakers, we were also invited in speaker’s reception on December 6th 2010 at National Museums of Women in the Arts. After the reception, we were taken to the theater of the museum to watch a movie Women are Heroes, the winner of TED movie that was directed by JR. Hair and make up session was kindly organized for speakers by the organizer. The speakers contains House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Donna Karan, TED rock star Hans Rosling, first lady of Malawi and Sierra Leone and many more.

The co-host Pat and June welcome the attendees of the conference by accepting the fact that one conference cannot captured the full issues but TED Women conference is an attempt to address all the existing problems. Today is a historic day because some remarkable men and women are going to take a stage. We know that one conference can’t capture full issues but we try, says the co-host Pat Michelle. Although the conference was name after women, it also acknowledges men. Hamna Rosin, a writer and a mother said, If we don’t acknowledge men, it will be painful… given the fact that most of the top job and position now in USA has been occupied by women.

Every woman at the conference was talking about social, political and economic transformation. I do not believe in hope that can bring change rather I believe in people’s actions that brings change says Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. Every woman was trying to inspire each other to take a further step in order to bring the change. “If you are feeling helpless, help someone,” says Morley, a singer and a song writer. There are many courageous women who were making differences around the world.

As Michelle says, it was very powerful and encouraging to hear from others. Kiran Bedi who is a corrections pioneer and a first woman police inspector from New Delhi, took courageous step and became the first police to give a parking ticket to prime minister in the history of India. She is tough, innovative and committed to social change. Kiran thinks, Each day of the right kind of work was making a difference in the lives of thousands. The conference attendees were entertained by beautiful songs from Angelique Kidjo, Morley, Avant-garde marching band, Bernice, Toshi, Ahn Trio and Piano Trio.

The conference was also webcast in India, Tokyo, Kuwait, Singapore and many individual TEDx group. The program finished after the closing celebration in United States Institute of Peace for hotel. If every speaker does as they committed to take a further step for change, it will not take longer to bring the equalities in the world. The conference is a good start to start a fight on talking about women’s ideas but it should not end here. We look forward for the next step.

P.s. I am sorry, I was unable to attached any photoes because photoes were not allowed. I will upload some photoes as soon as I received from the organizer

Comments

lolatsai's picture

Awesome

So awesome, Sunita, thank you so much for sharing!

I'm so thrilled for you that you got to have this experience :)

With love, Lola

Love & blessings,
Lola

www.oneglowinglife.com

sunita.basnet's picture

Re:Awesome

Hello Lola,

I hope you are also inspired from it. Especial thanks goes to World Pulse who has arranged all of these. I am pleased with WP support.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Dando's picture

So proud

of you guys!

it is so interesting to know how hard and powerful you are representing us. You are really doing a great jod for every woman wide world. Through such gathering the voices of women are heard and many positive changes for women are underway.

Thanks for the great work and may God guilde and lead you throughout..

with Love

Dando

sunita.basnet's picture

Thank you

Dear Dando,

I am so pleased to hear a beautiful inspiring words from Dando. Yes, I agree with you many voices are unheard and now its our responsibilities to make them heard all around the world. how are you doing dear? Have you talk with Gifty yet?

Looking forward to hearing from you.
with love

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Dando's picture

hi

Dear, am doing fine, hope you are after a tiresome yet empowering trip. We are yet to talk with Gift, probably soon....

with Love
Best

marvah.shakib's picture

That is effective!

Dear Sunita Congrates on being the strong voice of Nepal,
i believe collective working of women is mach more effective that working separately. Women learn from each other by sharing and support each other while need. These sort of conferences are challenging and life changeable.
I am so happy such a progress on women around the world, and i am really optimist of women's future.
I am so proud of you all....
Regards
Marvah Shakib

Marvah

sunita.basnet's picture

Ofcourse!

Hey Marvah,

How are you dear? Did u finish you exam? I know these couple of days must be so challenging and hard. I am sending you lots of strength from here.

I do believe like you. Ofcourse, that is why we- women gathered from all around the world to support and share each others. Yes its our time to challenge the world and bring a positive impact in our community.
with love

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Powerful Voices and Ideas!

Dear Sunita,
Thanks for sharing this with us all. We are very proud of you, Jacquline and Malayapinas. There is power and change when women meet and speak not only what is in their hearts but what they have in mind for building a world fit for women and all.

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

sunita.basnet's picture

Always!

Hi gifty,
Nice to hear from you after a long time. I hope you are having wonderful time in Japan. Yes thats true. Women do not only have hearts to care but they also have mind to bring the positive change in their community.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

JaniceW's picture

So proud of you all

Your light reaches into the far corners of the world and we are so proud of the commitment and passion you all bring to your activism. Many women will go on to benefit from your dedication to raising awareness of the issues they face and your perseverance to finding solutions to transform lives for the better.

I send you my love and thank you for sharing your experiences with us all. Hardik subhakamana,
Didi xx

sunita.basnet's picture

Thank you

Namaste Didi,
Sanchai hunu hunachha? I am so moved and happy to make you feel proud and happy. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Best regards
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

SM's picture

Thank you!

Hi Sunita,

I'm so glad that you weren't just an attendee but also one of the speakers at the event. I was hoping that there would be someone from Nepal participating in this event. I'm happy and thankful that you grabbed this opportunity

It would have been nice if you also elaborated on your presentation nevertheless looking forward to watch your video soon.

I hope you go places :)

Good luck!

sunita.basnet's picture

You welcome

Dear SM,
I am glad that your hope come true from my participation as an attendee and a speaker. All the thanks goes to World Pulse who has organized all this for me. Sure I will post my speech as well but it was just for two minutes. Actually less then two minutes so..

thanks
withlove

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

SM's picture

Nonetheless...

Dear Sunita,

Regardless of how small or a big appearance it was. I am looking forward to watch it :)

I was hoping to attend the event myself but things didn't exactly turn out the way I expected. And well there's always a next time. May be I'll get to see you in the next TedWomen!

Thanks again!
SM

sunita.basnet's picture

Dear SM, Sure I will upload

Dear SM,
Sure I will upload my talk. Thank you.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

usha kc's picture

congrats sister

dear Suni, it's long not in touch, but I am watching ur every success . My cordial congratulation to u n ur team for doing such a grt things to change the world !!
lets make our voice together for change the norms n values throuhg out the world!!

Usha dee

sunita.basnet's picture

thank you sister

Dear Sister,
Thanks for following me and my activities. I agree with you that we together can work to change the norms and values.
AAni Usha Didi, HOw is the political situation in Nepal?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
With love

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

usha kc's picture

Hey baini, it's so good to

Hey baini, it's so good to have your message after long,,, ummm ,political situation is as usual but let's hope for getting new Prime-minister soon.

by the way where are you these days?? hope and wish everything going good with you.

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