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Nigerian author's talk on feminism given to Swedish pupils

MEMORABLE SPEECH: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston in 2013 (pic: TEDxEuston)

THE POWERFUL words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 2013 TEDxEuston talk We Should All Be Feminists will be given to all 16-year-old pupils in Sweden.

The speech, delivered in London, touched upon the award-winning author's personal experiences of growing up in Nigeria and argues in favour of gender equality.

Founded in 2009, TEDxEuston - a TED franchise- is dedicated to inspiring ideas for developing the African continent.

It is also a network for like-minded people who can support each other's endeavours throughout the year.

Such was the popularity of Adichie's speech, her remarks were later published as as essay and has now been translated into Swedish and will be handed to both male and female teenagers across the Nordic country.

To date, more than 100,000 copies have been distributed.

International music star Beyoncé also sampled an extract for her hit song Flawless.

Adichie, who won critical acclaim for her book Half of a Yellow Sun, sent a special greeting for the launch in Stockholm.

“For me, feminism is about justice," she said. "I'm a feminist because I want to live in a world that is more just. I’m a feminist because I want to live in a world where a woman is never told that she can or cannot or should or should not do anything because she is a woman. I want to live in a world where men and women are happier. Where they are not constrained by gender roles. I want to live in a world where men and women are truly equal."

The literary star, who was nominated for Forbes Africa's Person of the Year, revealed that when she was growing up she didn't know what the word 'feminism' meant.

She added: "I hope that the 16-year-olds that will read this book in Sweden will also decide that they're feminists. Mostly, I hope very soon that one day we will not need to be feminists. Because we will live in a world that is truly just and equal.”

The book launch of Alla Borde Vara Feminister, published by Albert Bonniers Förlagwas, was held at Norra Real secondary school.

The essay has been published in association with the Swedish Women’s Lobby, the United Nations Association, Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees (TCO), The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), Teaspoon, Unizon and Gertrud Åström.

Clara Berglund, chair of the Swedish Women’s Lobby, said: "This is the book I would have wanted to get for all the guys in my class when I was 16 years old. That is why it is so important that we contribute to this project. It is a gift to all students in grades two, but also a gift to ourselves and to future generations.”

Albert Bonnier publisher Johanna Haegerström said: "Our hope is that the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie text will open up a conversation about gender and gender roles, starting from young people’s own experiences."

This year's TEDxEuston takes place on December 5 with another stunning line-up. For tickets, visit www.tedxeuston2015.eventbrite.com

See the list of speakers here: http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/tedxeuston-confirms-final-line-spe...

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