Agenda 2017

Conference Videos & Schedule

Day 1

22 July

Saturday

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"

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

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

12:00

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

14:30

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"

16:45

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

19:15

Exhibition by: Aryan Arian

Day 2

23 July

Sunday

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

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

12:30

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

15:00

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

17:00

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

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

18:50

Closing of Conference: Freethinkers' Declaration

20:15 - 23:30

Dinner & Entertainment

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    Comedy with Shabana Rehman

Day 3

24 July

Monday

10:00

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

14:00

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

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