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Hila Limar

Chairwoman of Visions for Children e.V., founder of SEVAR Studios

What drives you?
The love of the cause and the visible work of activism.

The best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Fear is the worst advisor.

What are you currently learning that you are not yet very good at?
Write and read Dari. It is very difficult for me to attend the course alongside my job and to work intensively on it, I am still at the level of a first-grader.

What would you change if you had the power to do so?
Abolish structures that promote all forms of inequality and discrimination.

Which superheroine power would you like to have?
Teleport.

Hila Limar

Chairwoman of Visions for Children e.V., founder of SEVAR Studios

Hila Limar is the Managing Director of the association Visions for Children e.V. and is committed to improving educational opportunities for children in war and crisis zones. After years of voluntary work for the Hamburg-based association, she gave up her job as an architect in 2018 to devote herself full-time to her vision.

She is driven by the awareness that her own extensive education is a privilege. Convinced that education can sustainably advance society, the Afghan-born woman implements educational projects in Afghanistan and Uganda with her association. Turning away from a Eurocentric view in development cooperation and raising awareness in networks with (political) decision-makers and at German schools are also among her core topics.

Together with her sister Wana Limar, she also founded the social business SEVAR Studios. The jewelry label pays tribute to traditional Afghan craftsmanship and distributes its profits to a goldsmith training program in Afghanistan planned by Visions for Children e.V.

Topics

Social business, female entrepreneurship, family business (founding with a sister), women of color as entrepreneurs, founding in volatile environments (Afghanistan) – crisis management in the founding process, (corporate) social responsibility, volunteering, community building (in fundraising), organizational development from volunteering to full-time work

Languages

German, English

 

 

Formats

Keynotes
Impulse lectures
Panel talks
Workshops
Moderation
Podcasts

ReferenCES

  • ZEIT, Z2X Festival, Skills session: “How can I take on social responsibility?”
  • EMOTION Verlag GmbH, Emotion Women’s Day, keynote speech: “How to negotiate with the Taliban? Development cooperation in Afghanistan today”
  • Visions for Children x Parasomnia / Podcast by Hila Limar and Emran Feroz: “The Taliban are back. The predictable disaster in Afghanistan”
  • Female Leadership Academy, Female Leadership Podcast: “Social engagement. What we can do to help in crisis regions”
  • Visions for Children / Global Citizen / Stiftung Asien-Brücke, film screening and discussion: “What will become of Afghanistan?”
  • Media Pioneer Publishing AG, Pioneer Briefing Podcast: “Our employees were scared to death”
  • ZDF, Forum am Freitag: Portrait of Hila and Wana Limar and their jewelry label Sevar
  • Sound of Peace concert and demonstration in Berlin: Speaker
  • Women’s Health & Sunday Naturals, Healthy Empowerment Summit: Conversation with Hila and Wana Limar

What drives you?
The love of the cause and the visible work of activism.

The best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Fear is the worst advisor.

What are you currently learning that you are not yet very good at?
Write and read Dari. It is very difficult for me to attend the course alongside my job and to work intensively on it, I am still at the level of a first-grader.

What would you change if you had the power to do so?
Abolish structures that promote all forms of inequality and discrimination.

Which superheroine power would you like to have?
Teleport.

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