Shereen El Feki works and writes on sexuality and social change in the Arab world.
Read a Q&A with Sheeren El Feki on the TED Fellows site.
"Sexuality, more broadly defined, is an incredibly powerful lens with which to study a society, because it gives you a view not only of the miniature of people’s intimate lives but also the wider canvas of public life. Beliefs and values, attitudes and behaviors around sex are shaped by bigger forces -- politics, economics, religion, tradition, gender, generations. If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms."Shereen El Feki
“HIV brings out the best and the worst in humanity, and the laws reflect these attitudes.”
“For the first time in three decades [of] this epidemic, we have a real chance to come to grips with HIV. But in order to do that, we need to tackle an epidemic of really bad law.”
“Where you criminalize people living with HIV or those at greatest risk, you fuel the epidemic.”
“The law can seem remote, arcane, the stuff of specialists. But it isn't, because for those of us who live in democracies, the law begins with us.”
“Why, in our age of science, [do] we still have laws and policies which come from an age of superstition?”