Conference Schedule

The schedule is subject to change.


November 25th



Registration with Refreshments


MC Fariborz Pooya

Welcome: Maryam Namazie, Secularism is a Human Rights Issue

Opening Keynote Address: Gita Sahgal, Precious Heritage: Using Universality to Fight Colonial and Fundamentalist Laws


Islam's Non-Believers

Film Screening

3 Second Divorce by Director Shazia Javed

3 Seconds Divorce is a documentary that explores the impact of instant triple- talaq on Indian Muslim women through intimate stories of women who have been victimized by it. It also provides a behind -the -scenes glimpse at the struggle of Muslim women activists in India who are tirelessly fighting to get a legal ban on this practice.


Islam's Non-Believers

Plenary Panel

Sharia, religious arbitration and family law

Chair: Gita Sahgal

Afsana LachauxDiana NammiNasrin RehmanPragna PatelSadikur Rahman, Yasmin Rehman


Buffet Lunch


Plenary Panel

The Politics of Collusion

Chair: Peter Tatchell

Anna ZobninaBonya Ahmed, Houzan Mahmoud, Marieme Helie Lucas, Rumana Hashem, Stasa Zajovic


Performance and Public Action

Performance by Atoosa Faramand and Public Art Action by Victoria Gugenheim

Performance by Atoosa Faramand and Public Action by Victoria Gugenheim in defence of the movement against compulsory veiling in Iran.


Break with Refreshments


Religious in the Law & State

Plenary Panel

Gender Segregation, the Veil and Women's Bodily Autonomy

Chair: Caroline Criado Perez

Ahlam Akram, Eve Sacks, Homa Arjomand, Inna Shevchenko, Julia Alimova, Sadia Hameed


Secularism as human right

Plenary Panel

Secularism as a defence for women's and minority rights

Chair: Beatrix Campbell

Annie Laurie Gaylor, Cinzia Sciuto, Ibtissame Betty Lachgar, Nadia El Fani, Nina Sankari, Rahila Gupta


Keynote Closing Address: Pragna Patel, Facing many Directions in the Struggle for Secular Democracy

Maryam Namazie and Pragna Patel, Manifesto for Women and Secularism

Song by Shelley Segal


Cocktails and Entertainment with artwork by Mahshad Afshar

Award Ceremony

Interventions from Ismail Mohamed and Mohamed Hisham

LCP Dance Theatre

Singer and Songwriter Shelley Segal

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