Conference Schedule

The schedule is subject to change.


November 25th



Registration with Refreshments


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


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.


Islam's Non-Believers

Plenary Panel

Sharia, religious arbitration and family law

Chair: Gita Sahgal

Afsana LachauxDiana Nammi, Houzan MahmoudNasreen Rehman, Yasmin Rehman


Buffet Lunch


Plenary Panel

The Politics of Collusion

Chair: Peter Tatchell

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


Performance and Public Action

In support of movement against compulsory veiling in Iran

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


Break with Refreshments


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


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


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


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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