The Organisation for Women’s Liberation is holding an international conference in Sweden on thr occasion of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2009, called: Why is Secularism essential? The conference will focus on the detrimental effect of religion on women’s lives.
International Conference in Gothenburg/Sweden on 8 March 2009
Why is Secularism essential?
Organization for Women’s Liberation is organizing a one day conference in commemoration of 8 March, International women’s day on the impact of religion on the situation and status of women. Why is secularism essential? In this conference veteran women’s right activists and scholars are coming together to analyze the devastating effects of rise of religious movements and religion’s influence in the running of state in many countries on the situation of women: the effect of catholic church, orthodox church, Judaism and political Islam will be discussed.
Among the speakers will be:
Homa Arjomand; coordinator of No Sharia Campaign; Canada/Iran
Caroline Fourest; writer; journalist and women’s rights activist; France
Maria Hagberg; Chair of Network against Honour Crimes; Sweden
Lilian Halls French; sociologist, President of the European Feminist Initiative; France
Azar Majedi; President of OWL, writer; England/Iran
Layla Naffa Hamarneh; Director of Projects, Arab Women Organisation of Jordan
Frances Raday: Chair, Israeli Association for Freedom of Science, Religion and Culture; Israel
Nina Sankari; Polish Rationalist Organisation and EFI Poland
Sabine Salmon; President of Femmes Solidaires; France
Lisa Sorush; women’s right activist; Afghanistan
Moderator: Maryam Kousha; editor of Women’s Liberation,
We invite all concerned feminists, secularists and human right activists to participate in this event. We need to demonstrate a show of secularist strength against the inroads of religion in society.
Make a note of the date: 7 March 2009
Venue: Folkets Hus Göteborg
Olof Palmes Plats
Admission: 100 SKr or 10 Euros
For more information or to register please write to:
Phone: Azar Majedi:+44 (0)7886973423