Feminism in London is delighted to count Maryam Namazie, a political activist, campaigner and blogger, among the 150 speakers at its conference on October 24-25.
Namazie was barred from speaking (but later reinstated) at another recent event amid fears that her views might spark controversy and tension.
At Feminism in London, Namazie will speak on a panel titled Unlikely Allies: Religious fundamentalism and the British State.
This session will overturn many long held perceptions about the British state. In its fight against extremism too many institutions have got into bed with fundamentalists and actively promote their narratives. A growing coalition of secular, left and minority women’s organisations has successfully challenged them. Two cases to be discussed are successful campaigns against Universities UK policies permitting gender segregation and the Law Society’s attempt to promote ‘sharia -compliant wills’. These campaigns are part of a global solidarity movement to defend free speech against fundamentalists of all stripes and are seldom reported in the left and liberal press. This session is your chance to hear the left, feminist case for a solidarity movement against fundamentalism and for secularism. Organised by One Law for All, Southall Black Sisters and the Centre for Secular Space.
Namazie will be joined by Pragna Patel, founding member of Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism; Gita Saghal executive director of the Centre for Secular Space and Houzan Mahmoud, a Kurdish women’s rights campaigner and writer.
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