Reading this weekend’s news of blasted-out reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plan in Japan and the deadly crackdown on against Syrian protestors, it’s hard not to feel as if violence is all around us these days. But if you look beyond the headlines, something we aspire to do through our explorations and investigations at TEDxWomen, you’ll hear stories of inspired nonviolence, too.
Take Lamis Zein. Lamis has taken on the incredibly dangerous work of searching for and clearing out unexplored submunitions in South Lebanon, her home region. The first Lebanese woman in history to qualify to conduct such demolitions, one might logically assume Lamis had been a soldier or daredevil in earlier life, but in fact, she was an English teacher. After the Israeli shelling in the summer of 2006 when four million cluster submunitions were dropped on South Lebanon, Lamis left teaching and sought out ways to become directly involved in making sure that the hundreds of thousands of these unexploded submunitions didn’t threaten the lives of the school children, including her two young, daughters, she cared so much about.
Today, Lamis is not alone. In fact, she heads up an all-female clearance team all working to make their communities and the lands they live on safer for the next generation. Don’t miss her TEDxWomen talk on December 1, when she will share her courage and commitment with us and, no doubt, inspire us all to be just that much braver.