When it comes to featuring the most inspirational brilliance from known speakers for their contributions towards moving society forward, TEDx Talks are historically known for always providing us a striking, refreshing dose of inspiration.
In similar fashion, the TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library. TEDxLahoreWomen has, over the years, put together some of the most meaningful talks held in regards to the issues faced by our society today, and this event similarly offered a carefully curated mix of bold and outstanding women with strong professional, academic and artistic backgrounds.
Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a paediatric doctor and musician.
Lakeer ke Fakeer, an active husband-wife duo of “singing poets” from Lahore’s indie music scene, also performed at the event, once again offering a versatile range of experience and talent from the same stage.
The event was held in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant. From organizers to speakers to audience, it was a “bold and brilliant” mix of some of the sharpest minds sharing stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.
“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan.