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TEDxStormontWomen showcases 'bold and brilliant ideas'

Former chaplin to the lord mayor of Belfast, Karen Sethuraman, gave an impassioned talk on religion and gender equality

TEDxStormont returned to Parliament Buildings with a stellar line up of speakers from varied backgrounds such as architecture, peace-building, academia, music, business and the arts.

The evening event, compered by presenter and broadcaster Sarah Travers and themed as “Bold and Brilliant”, saw 200 guests fill the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings with a larger than ever online following.

Four of the speakers of TEDxStormontWomen were selected through the open mic events initiative run throughout October and November.

The four, all from the Executive Office’s Urban Village areas in Belfast and Derry, shared exceptional stories and ideas about homelessness, mental health, education, empowering and health.

Eva Grosman, curator of the event, said: “TEDxStormontWomen has developed into a wonderful community-led event that allows women and men from all walks of life to share their unique stories and ideas.

“From the first TEDxStormont in 2013, we have seen a truly diverse range of speakers, who thanks to the ever-increasing online following can reach vast audiences not only across Northern Ireland, but also across the globe.”

This year's TEDxStormont speakers included Karen Sethuraman (pastor), Jim Gamble (child protection expert), Jane Lamour (architect), Arlene Megaw (homeless advocate), Maire Thompson (headteacher), Kim Mawhinney (art curator), Richard Moore (peace activist), Alex Notay (strategist), Kalypso Nicoladisis (academic), Richard O’Leary (storyteller), Stacey King (architect), Ursula Burns (musician), Annette Burke (photographer), Shauna Quigley (therapist) and Catriona Walsh (student).

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