Arab Women Speak Frankly on TEDTalks

From comediennes to architects, Arab women are using TEDTalks as a platform to speak about many aspects of Arab society that are rarely discussed in public. Here is a sample.

Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems... palsy is just one
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/ar/maysoon_zayid_i_got_99_problems_palsy_is_just_one.html
Arab-American comedian Maysoon Zayid takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.


Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality http://youtu.be/x95nwilkaio
Shereen El Feki traveled through the Middle East for five years, talking to people about sex.


Suad Amiry - My work My Hobby. http://youtu.be/bk7joCi-gXs
Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect whose motto is 'Simply look inside you never at others'.


Bahia Shehab: A thousand times no
http://www.ted.com/talks/bahia_shehab_a_thousand_times_no.html
Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for 'no.' When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators and injustice.


Suheir Hammad: Poems of war, peace, women, power http://youtu.be/UAj1hsXp18c
Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spoken-word pieces: "What I Will" and "break (clustered)" -- meditations on war and peace, on women and power.


May El-Khalil: Making peace is a marathon
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/ar/may_el_khalil_making_peace_is_a_marathon.html
In a moving talk, marathon founder May El-Khalil explains why she believed a 26.2-mile running event could bring together a country divided for decades by politics and religion, even if for one day a year.


Suzanne Talhouk: Is Speaking Arabic Un-Cool? http://youtu.be/x-_kr7kwCM4
Suzanne Talhouk takes the initiative to revitalize the Arabic language by modernizing it, and reviving its use as a language of creative expression.  This video is in Arabic with English subtitles.


Dalia Mogahed: The attitudes that sparked the Arab Spring
http://youtu.be/RG5QP2EVUVY
Pollster Dalia Mogahed shares surprising data on Egyptian people's attitudes and hopes before the Arab Spring -- with a special focus on the role of women in sparking change.


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