Conference Schedule and Videos

November 25th 2018

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

Resolution: In Support of Asia Bibi


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 Lachaux, Diana Nammi, Houzan Mahmoud, Nasreen Rehman, Yasmin Rehman

Buffet Lunch
Plenary Panel
The Politics of Collusion
Chair: Peter Tatchell
Bonya Ahmed, Marieme Helie Lucas, Pragna Patel, Rumana Hashem, Sadia Hameed, Stasa Zajovic

Performance and Public Action
In support of movement against compulsory veiling in Iran

#WhiteWednesdays performance by Atoosa Faramand

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

2018 One Law for All Awards

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

Maryam Namazie and Gita Sahgal, Manifesto for Women and Secularism

New Song by Shelley Segal: Our Resistance

Secularism as human right
Cocktails and Entertainment
MC Fariborz Pooya and Nahla Mahmoud
Artwork by Mahshad Afshar Solo Exhibition: Cursed Seal

LCP Dance Theatre
Singer and Songwriter Shelley Segal and Dan Barker