In March, 2022 Chadari Community founder Ms. Sveto Muhammad Ishoq took time out from her busy schedule at the London School of Economics to deliver a powerful TedTalk. To watch the full TedTalk, please click here.

Sveto’s talk introduction from TedTalk’s YouTube page is below.

“The Taliban’s renewed hold on power has brought Afghan women back into the media spotlight. But how they are portrayed there often highlights only one side of their personalities. Join Sveto as she brings out untold truths about this remarkable, strong-willed community, and reflects on her own experiences as a trailblazing Afghan woman. Sveto Muhammad Ishoq is an Afghan women’s rights activist, public speaker and Afghanistan’s first Schwarzman Scholar. Sveto authored her first publications on women’s rights in Afghanistan aged 14, marking the start of her activism. In 2018, she founded a social enterprise, Ayat, to empower illiterate Afghan women to gain financial independence through fashion. Living in 6 different countries and witnessing the negative assumptions about life in Afghanistan inspired Sveto to create a storytelling platform, Chadari, which has gathered 57 volunteers inspired by its mission. The Chadari Project gives Afghan women the opportunity to express their opinions, talk about their achievements, share stories of bravery, and show the world that Afghanistan is much more than what is seen in the media. Sveto proudly represents Afghanistan on national and international platforms, including the British Red Cross, UN Women, UNDPPA, UNHCR UK, and SCO, and promotes the unheard experiences of Afghan women. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.”