Updated: Aug 14, 2020
Originally published on linkedIn.
For my recent talk at the TEDxMonash University event, called "What Barbie Told Me About My Potential As A Woman", I spoke on a topic very close to my heart.
Reason being, had my ancestors not narrowly escaped and fled an oppressive and backward Middle East when they did in the 1970s, I wouldn’t be here.
Instead, I’d be treated as a second class citizen. I’d be denied my fundamental rights, simply because I’m a woman. There is no way I would’ve been free to stand up in front of an audience and speak. My life… even my voice… would've been silenced.
But here I am, extremely fortunate to live in this country, and passionate about raising the important issues.
I want people to really talk about this issue of #genderparity, particularly at work.
Are men and women really equal?
Have you experienced inequality or bias at work? Have you seen it happen to someone else?
Do you have a different perspective?
Thanks to the #TEDxMonashUniversity team for the opportunity to live out a dream.