Since our first post on awesome TED talks was so popular (and why wouldn’t it be? TED talks are amazing!), I’m doing another roundup of awesome TED talks on human rights. More human rights TED talks have come out since I wrote that article, and there were also a few that I couldn’t include the first time around. So, because I sense there is popular demand, here are seven MORE awesome TED talks on human rights:
Rose George: Let’s Talk Crap. Seriously – Hey, sanitation is a human right too, at least its related to several other human rights because it jeopardizes health and water sanitation. It also discourages women from getting an education because it makes it harder to use the bathroom when necessary.
Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim – If Citizens United and the 2012 election cycle wasn’t a wake up call, then you need to realize that democracy is in trouble in this country. How are the people supposed to push for human rights, or anything decent for that matter, if ti all relies on what a few, wealthy folks want? If anything, it’s a really good presentation on the topic i.e strong evidence, well-timed slides, great analogies, and compelling delivery.
Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave – This one is fitting with the recent trajectory of our chapter, discussing women’s rights in the United States and the prevalence of domestic violence and gender-based violence. Especially in this country, where there are many more resources for women in this position, it’s interesting to hear their perspective and how horrible this situation is for people.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Women Entrepreneurs, Example Not Exception – Women and economic empowerment are the key to many of the problems facing women around the world. Not only do women run great businesses, but they spend their income much more wisely and have a much larger impact on their communities then men with businesses do. Yet, we continue to overlook this trend and its power, and the fact that it’s not as uncommon as we may think.
Hans Rosling: The Magic Washing Machine – What’s this got to do with human rights? Well, a lot, according to Rosling. This is one of Rosling’s best TED talks and he’s done several on public health and economics. Actually, if you just think about how much more difficult your life would be if you didn’t have a washing machine and you had to wash everything by hand, then you’d understand what kind of impact a washing machine could have on human rights.
Sunitha Krishnan: The Fight Against Sex Slavery – Another great, relevant talk. Sex slavery is powerful, scary stuff and its important to learn about so that we can put an end to it all over the world.
Bono: The Good News on Poverty (Yes, There’s Good News) – It’s Bono. Talking about poverty for 15 minutes. Need I say more?