Just in case we at Unchained At Last weren’t bringing enough attention to forced and child marriage in America, our founder/executive director, Fraidy Reiss, has another trick planned.
She’s going to give a TEDx Talk on April 14.
TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “ideas worth spreading,” and TEDx is a program of independently organized, TED-like conferences where TED Talks video and live speakers spark deep discussion and connection.
TEDxFoggyBottom 2018, on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC, is expected to draw more than 1,500 people. And, of course, Fraidy’s talk – and the talks of the other speakers at the all-day conference – will be posted afterward on the TEDx Talks YouTube channel, which boasts more than 10.7 million subscribers.
The theme of TEDxFoggyBottom 2018 is Fear Itself. Fraidy will talk about the fear she experienced when she was pressured at 19 to marry a man she barely knew who turned out to be violent, and how she overcame that fear to escape her marriage, even though her family shunned her for it. She’ll talk about the fear that forced and child marriage survivors across the U.S. experience every day, and what Americans can do to end these human rights abuses that many people assume do not happen in the U.S.
Purchase TEDxFoggyBottom tickets here.