When the curators of TEDxGrandRapids invited me to join 12 other speakers, engaging an audience of 750 leaders, influencers and creatives from the West-Michigan area, they asked what I would like to talk about. I had previously been privileged to speak at TEDxGateway in Mumbai, India, where I laid out the foundational issues underlying gendercide. This time, I wanted to address a question that has repeatedly come up as I speak at screenings and events related to It’s a Girl and the campaign to end gendercide in India and China. “Who are we to say that cultural practices like son preference are bad?” Is it the business of members of the world community like you and I to judge other nation’s cultural practices and demand change when we don’t agree?
In this talk at TEDxGrandRapids, I explore the questions, what is culture? is it always a-moral? does the world community have any moral responsibility to act in the face of human rights violations that result from diverse cultural traditions? I also share some of my own personal story and journey.
Take a look and please share your thoughts and ideas on these important questions in the comment section below.