This one phrase alone would have been enough to take away from the talks I heard last night from Rising Women, Rising World. It was said by Dr. Rama Mani, who talked about “the heArt of transformation”, another wonderful phrase which describes creativity as the driving force for change, both inner and outer. I don´t know how to describe briefly all I heard: the most moving was to hear Gululai Ismail talking on a mobile with poor coverage from North West Pakistan saying “speaking up is important”, especially for those who enjoy free speech to use it on behalf of those who don´t.
It brought home forcefully how we can enjoy playing here with our words (I´m not knocking play, believe me – what was that about the heArt of transformation?) while women who speak up for education for girls face death threats.
There was Jean Houston on designing a world that works from the perspective of women – and Monica Sharma on leadership development for sustainable change. The only person I´d heard of before was Jean Houston, and it felt like a huge privilege to be able to hear from women who really are movers and shakers – not in the areas of celebrities and fashion, but in refugee camps, health systems, peace processes, girls´rights…
Jean said, quoting Margaret Mead ” Women´s resolve and resourcefulness increase when times get harder – all over the world, women must embrace their power.”
Go listen: more tonight, and replays for 48 hours.