Masarat Daud: I Am Not Responsible for your Ignorance
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We had little to do in 2020 but contemplate our connections. To our planet, to our lives and most importantly, to the flesh-and-blood humans who surround us. And yet with every day that passes, the spaces we inhabit feel increasingly intolerant and hostile, progress towards a more inclusive, thoughtful world crushed beneath the weight of internet-yellings and fake news-wars.
My guest this week, TEDx curator and education activist Masarat Daud, has dealt with the consequences of exclusion on the basis of her appearance since she began wearing a burqa at 17… and she has much, much, much to teach us about the way our judgements and biases form, manifest and harm others. We talked about everything from how to flip expressions of hatred into resilience to the casual removal of agency by the feminist who told her ‘you’re oppressed but you don’t know it yet’. Ooh boy.
There’s never been a better time to stop and reflect how we look at the world, at other people and wonder whether we ourselves could be more compassionate – and more willing to embrace difference – than we imagined. I hope you find this conversation (and Masarat’s penguin headscarf) as enlightening as I did. Enjoy!
Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Masarat Daud, recorded October 29, 2019, in London, England.
Masarat Daud is an alumnus of Cambridge International School, Dubai.
She later studied at the American University of Dubai and also completed a Certificate course in Tech Tools and Skills in Emergency Management through TechChange.
In 2009, Masarat Fatehpur returned to her village of Shekhawati in Rajasthan, India.
She soon founded The 8 Day Academy, a global education movement with a mission to make education accessible and relevant to all communities.
She has also worked as a columnist for the Khaleej Times and as Deputy News Editor for CPI Dubai.
In her TEDx talks, she discusses how to break stereotypes and how she learned to love her burka. And in fact we met at TEDx.
She is the curator of TEDx Shekhawati; a conference that takes place in rural Rajasthan.
Masarat currently lives in London with her husband, Tauqeer Jamadar.
Thanks obviously to my guest, Masarat Daud. You should go and watch her TED talk, which is called How I Came To Love My Burqa. It’s really good.
The engineer for this interview was Christo Squier. For all the music that you heard in this podcast, you can go to amandapalmer.net/podcast.
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