Day 1

22 July

Saturday

8:00

Registration with Refreshments


9:00

Welcome by MCs Fariborz Pooya, Bread and Roses TV Host, and Iram Ramzan, Journalist


9:10

Opening Remarks by Maryam Namazie, CEMB and One Law for All Spokesperson: "Celebrating Apostasy and Blasphemy"


9:20

Bonya Ahmed, Activist, Writer and Blogger at Mukto-Mona: "We Stand on the Right Side of History"


9:40

"Islam's Non-Believers" Film Screening


10:30

Islam's Non-Believers

Plenary Panel

Islam's Non-Believers

CHAIR: Gita Sahgal, Director of Centre for Secular Space
Deeyah Khan, Filmmaker
Fauzia Ilyas, Founder of Atheist & Agnostic Alliance Pakistan
Ismail Mohamed, Egyptian Atheist and Founder of The Black Ducks Talk Show
Sadia Hameed, Spokesperson of Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Waleed Al Husseini, Palestinian Writer and Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of France
Zehra Pala, President of Atheism Association of Turkey


11:30

Break with Refreshments


12:00

Plenary Panel

Blasphemy, Islamophobia, Freedom of Thought and Expression

CHAIR: Victoria Gugenheim, Award-winning Body Artist
A C Grayling, Philosopher
Benjamin David, Conatus News Editor-in-Chief
Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship
Mazen Abou Hamdan, Co-Founder of Freethought Lebanon
Richard Dawkins, Author and Scientist
Sarah Haider, Co-Founder of Ex-Muslims of North America


13:30

Lunch


14:30

Religious in the Law & State

Plenary Panel

Religion in the Law and State

CHAIR: Jane Donnelly, Atheist Ireland’s Human Rights Officer
Elham Manea, Yemeni-born Author and Human Rights Campaigner
Gina Khan, One Law for All Spokesperson
Imad Iddine Habib, Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco
Nina Sankari, Polish Atheist Activist
Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters
Savin Bapir Tardy, Lecturer in Psychology at UWL and Counselling Psychologist for The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation


16:00

Dave Silverman, American Atheists President: "Firebrand Atheism vs Islam in America"


16:15

Break with Refreshments

16:45

Secularism as human right

Plenary Panel

Secularism as a Human Right
CHAIR: Tasneem Khalil, Journalist and Editor of Independent World Report
Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
Chris Moos, National Secular Society Council Member
Houzan Mahmoud, Culture Project Co-Founder
Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights
Michael Nugent, Atheist Ireland’s Chairperson
Teresa Gimenez Barbat, MEP, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Euromind

18:15

Djemila Benhabib, Author and Activist: "Algeria, France, Canada - Why Islamists are Gaining Ground"


18:30

PUBLIC ART PROTEST

IN SOLIDARITY WITH PERSECUTED ATHEISTS AND FREETHINKERS
 

19:00

Music with Shelley Segal


19:15


Art as Resistance

Exhibition & Cocktails

Black Days, Red Nights

Exhibition by: Aryan Arian


Day 2

23 July

Sunday

9:00

Registration with Refreshments


10:00

Welcome by MCs Fariborz Pooya, Bread and Roses TV Host and Iram Ramzan, Journalist

10:10

Inna Shevchenko, FEMEN Leader: "Gods vs Girls: Is Religion Compatible with Feminism?"


10:25

Women's Resistance, the Veil and Religious Morality

Plenary Panel

Women's Resistance, the Veil and Religious Morality

Chair: Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
Ani Zonneveld, Founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values
Djemila Benhabib, Author and Activist
Halima Begum, Ex-Muslim Activist and Blogger
Rahila Gupta, Journalist and Activist
Sadia Sadia, Installation Artist
Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Campaigner


11:55

Break with Refreshments

12:30

Plenary Panel

Identity Politics, Communalism and Multiculturalism

CHAIR: Hassan Radwan, Agnostic Muslim Khutbahs blog
Gita Sahgal, Director of Centre for Secular Space
Gona Saed, Co-Founder of Kurdistan Secular Centre
Kenan Malik, Author and Broadcaster
Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner
Salil Tripathi , Writer and Journalist
Zineb El Rhazoui, Moroccan-born Writer


14:00

Lunch

15:00

Atheism: Out, Loud and Proud

Plenary Panel

Out, Loud and Proud

CHAIR: Dan Barker, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
Armin Navabi, Founder of Atheist Republic
Asher Fainman, President of Goldsmiths University Atheist Society
Cemal Knudsen Yucel, Co-Founder and Chair of Ex-Muslims of Norway
Jimmy Bangash, LGBT Ex-Muslim Activist 
Mohammad AlKhadra, Founder of Jordanian Atheists Group
Noura Embabi, Muslim-ish President


16:30

Break with Refreshments

17:00

Art as Resistance

Plenary Panel

Art as Resistance

CHAIR: Sarah Peace, Nigerian Artist and Director of Fireproof Library
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Award-winning Playwright
Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian
Nadia El Fani, Tunisian Filmmaker
Shelley Segal, Singer/Songwriter
Victoria Gugenheim, Award-winning Body Artist


18:30

Zineb El Rhazoui, Moroccan-born Writer: "Destroying Islamic Fascism"


18:50

Closing of Conference: Freethinkers' Declaration


19:00

Cocktails

20:15 - 23:30

Dinner & Entertainment

With Singer/Songwriter Shelley Segal, London Humanist Choir and Magicians Damon Conlan and Neil Edwards.

20:15    Magic with Damon Conlan and Neil Edwards

21:30    London Humanist Choir

21:40    Awards Ceremony

22:00    Messages of Solidarity

22:10    Music with Shelley Segal

23:30    Close


Day 3

24 July

Monday

10:00

Ex-Muslim Strategy Meeting

Ex-Muslim activists will meet to discuss strategy across organisations and borders.

14:00

Bodypainting Activity

BODYPAINTING BY VICTORIA GUGENHEIM

The award-winning bodypainter Victoria Gugenheim will do a bodypainting of the Council of Ex-Muslims logo in an historic public display.


  Calling all volunteers who want to make a statement in support of ex-Muslims: We need you for a mass bodypainting by award-winning bodypainter Victoria Gugenheim on 24 July from 14:00-20:00 in London. The action is free and open to the public.

Participants will be painted as the logo of Council of Ex-Muslims and photographed from above. The public are welcome to join in.


FAQs:

Do I have to be nude?
No. Flesh coloured underwear can be worn; plain, beige coloured, brown or black bras can also be painted over.

Will I get cold?
The weather should be good, but bring a warm dressing gown!

Will the paint stain?
Although we recommend not wearing anything crisp new and white, no. The paint comes off in the shower with shower gel, and off of clothes with normal biological washing powder or capsules.

How long will it take?
From 14:00-20:00 hours, and painting groups of people will be done in stages, with multiple groups. If you're later, you'll be in group 2 or 3 for example, and not group 1.

For further information, get in touch with us or email exmuslimcouncil [at] gmail.com.


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