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Sarah Dodeen

HR professional, UNHCR


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Why Poverty? Is empowering Women at Rural Areas is the solution? or educating their community is more important as a first step?

I hereby invite all my fellow TEDsters to watch this short movie titled "Solar Mamas: RAFEA" about a Jordanian Bedouin Woman who fought to grab the chance to get a lifetime opportunity to be educated and acquire a new skill to support her family and herself. One of the film makers is a TED Speaker: Ms. Jehane Noujaim:


Awaiting your thoughts and feedback.



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  • Mar 10 2013: Thank you Sarah. I am new to TED conversations and this is my first post. My first reaction is to say that Rafea's journey in making the decisions that she did was driven by a strong sense of determination and belief in herself. I am not sure that educating the community first (as an alternative) could re-create this level of determination and passion for change that she was then able to use to inspire other women and hopefully the community as a whole. My perspective is not informed by any background other than being an educated woman in a privileged society. While I am grateful for being exposed to a very different context via this video I would be very grateful to hear from those more informed than myself.

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