Our vision

TEDxUCLWomen’s vision is to change opinions, empower individuals and build a community. We aspire to be an intersectional platform for change, celebrating work done by women in the UCL community and beyond, and celebrating all work done to break down barriers caused by gender and its intersecting oppressions. We aspire to be fully inclusive and accessible, and build up momentum within our events and beyond.


Equality at UCL

TEDxUCLWomen is proud to be a part of University College London. UCL was, in 1878, the first English University to admit female and male students on equal terms. This historic commitment to education for all has created a world-leading university at the cutting edge of research. The vibrant community UCL has built on it’s founding principle of equality, has produced leading female alumni including, Marie Stopes (Pioneer of birth control) , Christine Ohuruogu (Team GB athlete) and Baroness d’Souza (Life Peer, House of Lords). UCL is committed to redressing the gender gap in academia through it’s membership of the Athena SWAN initiative and the award winning UCLU Women’s Network continues to promote gender equality within the student body.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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After speaking at TEDxUCLWomen Unbound in 2013, Sophie gave this great talk from the TED stage on “Why we laugh”.

Our team

Sujitha Selvarajah

Founder

Sujitha discovered her passion for social justice and tackling inequality during her intercalated BSc in Global Health, where she came to understand the pivotal roles of health and education in unlocking women’s potential worldwide.

Laraib Azam Rajper

Organiser

Laraib is a budding software developer who was tired of having explaining her particular intersect of women, colourful human and avid tech geek to those around her. Being a women of colour working within an industry where the number of women is highly disproportionate to the number of men she strives to create and preserve inclusive safe spaces where audaciousness and creativity are not only accepted, but encouraged, irrespective of your gender, race, social class or background!

Sarah Bourdin

Licence Holder

Sarah Bourdin is a final year biochemical engineering student at UCL who wants to spread awareness of the inequalities women face globally. Since 2016 she has been involved in the organisation of TEDxUCLWomen, being a part of different teams such as sponsorship, user experience, curation and production, taking on different tasks. She can’t seem to concentrate on one area which allows her to pull knowledge from biochemical engineering, sexual and reproductive health, women’s health, feminism and event organisation. This polymaths approach is due to her studies at UCL, her work for the Institute of Women’s Health and her positions within Students for Global Health Society at UCL and TEDxUCLWomen. Born in France, but having grown up in the US and Canada she is a multicultural and multi-interest individual set on devoting her time to what she is passionate about: change.