Conference Schedule and Videos

Sunday
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

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 Lachaux, Diana Nammi, Houzan Mahmoud, Nasreen 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 Hameed, Stasa Zajovic

15:20
Performance and Public Action
In support of movement against compulsory veiling in Iran

#WhiteWednesdays performance by Atoosa Faramand

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=/kJP2rRUYqD4

19:00
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

19:30-21:00
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