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#WITW14

Women in the World Sneak Peak

We ask four participants four questions as they get ready for the summit.
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4 questions for Layla Shaikley, Researcher, MIT Meia Lab

Who are you looking forward to seeing and meeting at the Summit?

I always look forward to seeing Zainab Salbi, who will be moderating my panel. I’ll have to restrain myself from reversing the moderation to ask her questions – she’s such an inspiration. I can’t wait to see Khalida Brohi, a dear friend at the MIT Media Lab, who is doing incredible work for rural Pakistani women. My favorite Olympian and fashionista, Ibtihaj Muhammad, will also be there.


What panel or program are you most intrigued by?
I am looking forward to Syria: Voices from the Inferno. I am working on an initiative at the MIT Media Lab now that takes students to a Syrian refugee camp to implement technical solutions for development. The effort is to bridge the gap between technology and relief – where technology can certainly be impactful.  



What do you hope comes out of the Summit for you?
Well, in the wise words of Rumi, “what you seek is seeking you.” I hope to leave having connected with other impact-oriented women whom I can leverage my network and skills for.

What else do you plan to do while in New York City?
Probably going to a #mipsterz party.

Shaikley will appear on the How Hip Is Your Hijab? panel on the morning of April 5th.

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 4 questions for Mahnaz Rezaie, Afghan Filmmaker and Photographer

Who are you looking forward to seeing and meeting at the Summit?

I look forward to meeting Zainab Salbi, along with some other writers, filmmakers and poets. 

What panel or program are you most intrigued by? 

WOMEN DESIGNING THE FUTURE and WOMEN ARE THE PEACEMAKERS

What do you hope comes out of the Summit for you?

I hope to meet inspiring people to get more inspirations and new ideas for my works

What else do you plan to do while in New York City?

I plan to go to theater. I also plan to visit The Munch Gallery in New York which will be featuring “Afghan Tales”. This exhibition will showcase 30 Afghan contemporary photographers and will run from March 15th - April 20th.

Rezaie will appear on the How Hip Is Your Hijab? panel on the morning of April 5th.

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 4 questions for Swanee Hunt, Former US Ambassador to Austria, Founder and Chair, The Institute for Inclusive Security

Who are you looking forward to seeing and meeting at the Summit?

 I’ll be with extraordinary friends from Rwanda and Libya with whom I’ve worked through the Institute for Inclusive Security. They’ve taught me how women can wield power to transform their nations.

What panel or program are you most intrigued by?

How often do I get to hear a historic conversation between Christine Lagarde and Hillary Rodham Clinton? Over the years -- whether we’re talking behind the curtain or I’m watching them on stage -- they’ve changed my life. 

What do you hope comes out of the Summit for you?

The women of Rwanda will finally receive the credit they so richly deserve for lifting their country out of the devastation of genocide 20 years ago, and offering a great lesson to the world on the power of women’s leadership.

What else do you plan to do while in New York City?

Enjoy the start of spring through a long walk in Central Park. Anyone want to join me?

Amb. Hunt will appear on The Triumph of Rwanda’s Women panel on the morning of April 4th.  

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4 questions for Hiba Sawan, Syrian Field Activist

Who are you looking forward to seeing and meeting at the Summit?

I look forward to meeting all the great women that have been working to make a positive change in the world that will be at the summit and to hear what they have to say. I especially look forward to seeing Meryl Streep as she will be participating in the part about Syria.

What panel or program are you most intrigued by?

All of them seem extremely interesting and I can't choose just one.

What do you hope comes out of the Summit for you?

I want people to, especially the women at the summit, to see the side of the story I have to tell about Syria and how women, not just myself but countless others too, are making a difference in Syria and were very involved in the Revolution and still are. Just like all over the world, women in Syria sometimes face the worst violence, especially sexual violence when they are detained or imprisoned. I also hope to learn from the stories and experiences of other women, to learn from their mistakes and to learn how to improve what I can do.

What else do you plan to do while in New York City?

I would like to tour the city as much as I can and visit the Statue of Liberty

Sawan will appear on the Voices From the Inferno panel on the evening of April 3rd.  

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