The danger of a single story - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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First, we can tell different stories about the places that are prone to reduction. In her TED Talk, Yemeni newspaper editor Nadia Al-Sakkaf takes us to the Yemen she lives in — where terrorism and political upheaval are real problems, but far from the whole picture. Moreover, in her account, each image can tell many stories. A woman with a veiled face can represent the role of fundamentalist Islam in Yemeni society, but she argues that a look behind the veil shows us that many of these women are holding down jobs and earning income, and in so doing, changing their role within their own families and in Yemeni society more broadly.
Watch Al-Sakkaf's TED Talk "See Yemen Through My Eyes" and Tweet @NadiaSakkaf what you learned and how you can do the same in your own life.
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