Conference Schedule

The schedule is subject to change.

Sunday

November 25th

2018

9:30

Registration with Refreshments


10:00

Islam's Non-Believers
Opening & Keynote speech

MC Fariborz Pooya and Nahla Mahmoud

Welcome Address: Maryam Namazie, Secularism is a Human Right

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

Keynote Address: Asia Bibi Lawyer Saif Ul Malook, Asia Bibi's Fight for Justice


10:50

Islam's Non-Believers

Film Screening

3 Second Divorce by Director Shazia Javed

Screening - for the first time in the UK - a new film exploring 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.


11:40

Islam's Non-Believers

Plenary Panel

Sharia, religious arbitration and family law

Chair: Gita Sahgal

Afsana LachauxDiana Nammi, Houzan MahmoudNasreen Rehman, Yasmin Rehman


13:00

Buffet Lunch


14:00

Plenary Panel

The Politics of Collusion

Chair: Peter Tatchell

Bonya Ahmed, Marieme Helie Lucas, Pragna Patel, Rumana Hashem, Sadia HameedStasa Zajovic


15:20

Performance and Public Action

In support of movement against compulsory veiling in Iran

Performance by Atoosa Faramand and Public Action led by Victoria Gugenheim.


15:50

Break with Refreshments


16:20

Religious in the Law & State

Plenary Panel

Gender Segregation, the Veil and Women's Bodily Autonomy

Chair: Yasmin Rehman

Ahlam Akram, Eve Sacks, Homa Arjomand, Inna Shevchenko, Julia Alimova, Nina Sankari


17:40

Secularism as human right

Plenary Panel

Secularism as a defence of women's and minority rights

Chair: Beatrix Campbell

Anna Zobnina, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Cinzia Sciuto, Ibtissame Betty Lachgar, Nadia El Fani, Rahila Gupta


19:00

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

Maryam Namazie, Manifesto for Women and Secularism

Song by Shelley Segal


19:30-21:00

Secularism as human right

Cocktails and Entertainment

MC Nahla Mahmoud

Artwork by Mahshad Afshar

Award Ceremony

LCP Dance Theatre

Singer and Songwriter Shelley Segal and Dan Barker

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