Let Momentum Continue!


Awesome TEDxNicosiaWomen Team,

TEDxNicosiaWomen Team by AJ Photo Art

TEDxNicosiaWomen Team by AJ Photo Art

On May 29, we listened to bold ideas that create Momentum through a fascinating platform of remarkable women living on the island, coupled with a broadcast of equally inspiring speakers from TEDWomen in California.

Let us rewind and reflect on Momentum.


Sophia Papastavrou took us on a journey upon her quest for identity, which has evolved through countless travels and years of living abroad.  An ambiguous term, Sophia described identity as ‘an ongoing process, evolving, elusive, fluid, contradictory and slippery,’ explaining that she wishes for her unborn daughter to be able to recognize diverse cultural representations at an early age.

Christina Smith spoke about ‘The Challenge of a Woman’ in a male dominated work environment- the police force. Following years of arrogant and condescending remarks by various colleagues and associates, Christina strived to make herself recognized for her contribution and not for who she was- a tall, powerful, confident woman. Christina encouraged the audience to face up to life’s challenges and everything which doesn’t quite feel right.

Alexia Paraskeva was a living testament that TED is not just about ideas, but entertainment. She captured the audience through two acting performances and a reading of Kavafy’s ‘Ithaca’ creating an avalanche of emotions from laughing and smiling to tears and reflection.

Dr. Yasmin Ohlsson posed the question whether we are gaining or losing Momentum about our health. A family doctor with a specialist interest in Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine, in due course, Yasmin trained as a coach in an effort to better comprehend how to challenge and change human behavior, ultimately helping her clients to make meaningful lifestyle choices.

Patricia Martin, a lawyer from the US, spoke about her mission, which brought her to Cyprus. Patricia chose Cyprus, which she describes as an abused woman, to launch ‘One Woman at a Time’ (OWAAT), a community court collaboration aimed at educating abused women of their basic rights to prevent violence against them as well as empower them. Her 7-month endeavors on the island brought a glimpse of hope as the first self-help abuse case reached court.

Four speakers, two acting performances, one reading and a TEDWomen broadcast connecting Nicosia, Cyprus, through a global conversation with 240 TEDxWomen events in 68 countries. All of this put together, created Momentum in the way we think, live and work.

But, that’s not the entire picture!

Momentum began months ago, at that very moment, when TEDWomen announced this year’s theme. We identified our speakers, heard their story, and helped them transport that one idea, which creates Momentum, Live on the TEDxNicosiaWomen stage.

We also identified our team, which worked tirelessly and passionately to organize and present an event which  intrigued, energized and inspired with ‘ideas worth spreading.’

That Spark, which got things moving, created a Magical Domino Effect filled with passion, enthusiasm and motivation to make TEDxNicosiaWomen become reality.

Awesome TEDxers, each of the above key ingredients, refer to ALL of you- the wonderful organizing team and volunteers! The extraordinary power of X, which has brought us all together deserves a heartfelt applause and a humble Thank You! Thank you for believing in us!



About Mahi S

I was born on the island of Cyprus in 1971. For years, I lived the life of a nomad: I grew up in the Arab Gulf, finished high school in Cyprus, then went to the U.S. for five remarkable, life-changing years of study and work in public relations. With every change of home, I was confronted with the challenge of separation and the issue of identity, but ultimately the rewarding experience of interacting with people of different cultures has informed my life ever since. It inspired me to create an ideal setting wherever I found myself, to live meaningfully and use passion as the main ingredient in my life. I run to keep myself motivated and to fire the kind of creative thinking that keeps me balanced and content. But it’s also an ongoing challenge: since 1999, I have completed 17 half-marathons, which I try to run in a different city every time. In fact, running and travel are the two pillars of my life philosophy: “Travel is fascinating, whether it’s about a series of mesmerizing destinations or a journey within myself”. “Running keeps me sane, motivated and focused!” Right now, I am focusing on promoting my new book, ‘A squirrel in your kitchen’ an e-cookbook with quick, easy and delicious recipes (and anecdotes) from dearest friends around the world. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYXN500. I am also hoping to experience the fascinating challenge of a full marathon in 2016; in Athens or New York. We’ll see!

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