TEDx Swansea: Growing Hope for Warrior Women

Mayameen Meftahi BEM


TEDx SwanseaWomen

Event Date: November 3, 2017
Location: Swansea


Welcome to a special highlight of my journey – my TEDx Swansea talk held on November 3, 2017. Titled “Growing Hope for Warrior Women,” this talk was a profound opportunity for me to bring to light issues that deeply affect women and to share my personal journey of trauma, recovery, and empowerment.

The TEDx Experience:

Participating in TEDx Swansea was a milestone that allowed me to join a global community dedicated to spreading powerful ideas. The theme of my talk, “Growing Hope for Warrior Women,” was a call to acknowledge and address the challenges and injustices faced by women, particularly in the areas of trauma recovery and female genital mutilation (FGM).

About My Talk:

My talk at TEDx Swansea was a blend of personal narrative and advocacy. The key themes I covered included:

  1. Authenticity and Ownership of Our Stories: I emphasised the power of being true to our experiences and the transformative impact this has on healing and empowerment.
  2. My Personal Journey: Sharing my own story of trauma during childbirth, I spoke about the challenges, the healing process, and how it led me to become an advocate for others.
  3. Shining a Light on FGM: I addressed the urgent issue of FGM, challenging the misconception that it is confined to certain geographical areas or cultures. Highlighting its prevalence in the UK, I called for increased awareness and action.
  4. The Power of Dialogue: I advocated for open conversations as essential in empowering survivors and inspiring societal change.
  5. A Story of Courage: The story of a young woman’s escape from a forced marriage and her life as an asylum seeker in the UK was shared to illustrate the resilience and potential in every individual facing adversity.
  6. A Call for Growth and Hope: My talk concluded with an encouragement to embrace growth, be authentic, and cultivate hope, even in the most challenging situations.

Impact and Reflections:

The response to my TEDx talk was overwhelming and deeply humbling. It affirmed my belief in the power of sharing our stories and the need for continued dialogue on these critical issues. The talk sparked conversations, inspired change, and connected me with individuals and organisations committed to making a difference.

Watch the Talk:

I invite you to watch the full talk and join me in this important conversation. Let’s continue to spread awareness, challenge stigma, and empower every woman to be a warrior of her own story.


Join the Conversation:

Your thoughts and engagements are invaluable. Please share your reflections, and let’s keep this crucial dialogue going. Together, we can bring about positive change.

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