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Conference: Sharia, Segregation and Secularism

November 25

Held in central London, this conference will raise key issues surrounding religious arbitration, the veil and gender segregation at schools and universities, including as part of the religious-Right’s assault on women’s rights. It will also highlight the voices of people on the frontlines of resistance, the gains made by secularists both in the UK and internationally, and the importance of secularism as a minimum precondition for equality. Challenges that secularists continue to face and priorities for continued collective action will also be addressed.

The agenda is available here. Highlights include:

10:00 – Keynote Address: Asia Bibi Lawyer Saif Ul Malook, “Asia Bibi’s Fight for Justice”

10:50 – 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 – Plenary Panel
“Sharia, religious arbitration and family law”
Chair: Gita Sahgal; Afsana Lachaux, Diana Nammi, Houzan Mahmoud, Nasreen Rehman, Sadikur Rahman, Yasmin Rehman