Leena Manimekalai is an atheist, a published poet and an award-winning filmmaker. Her work promotes human rights, particularly those of marginalized people, such as the Dalit or LGBTI+ community. Her fifteen narrative documentaries have covered such topics as caste, gender, globalization, art therapy, student politics, eco-feminism, indigenous rights and LGBTI+ rights. She is currently facing threats and judicial harassment after being accused of ‘hurting religious sentiments’ in connection with her depiction of the goddess Kali in her documentary short film.
You can find out more and book your place for the 2023 World Humanist Congress through the dedicated congress website (opens in a new window). If you have any queries, please email: [email protected]
The World Humanist Congress is the largest gathering of humanists from around the globe. The 2023 congress is being organized on behalf of Humanists International by the following five Nordic humanist organizations: Danish Humanist Society (Humanistisk Samfund), Norwegian Humanist Association (Human-Etisk Forbund), Humanists Sweden (Humanisterna), Humanists Iceland (Siðmennt) and the Union of Freethinkers, Finland (Vapaa ajattelijat).
The theme of the 2023 congress is “Building Better Democracies Through Humanist Values”. Democracy is threatened on many fronts in the world today. We will examine some of the threats but first and foremost we will focus on how humanist values and practices can contribute to building and supporting strong and well-functioning democracies. You can read more about the theme of the congress here.
There will be a long list of other speakers and panelists from within and outside of the humanist movement, including Andrew Copson, Elizabeth O’Casey, Trond Enger, Lois Lee, Atko Remmel, Babu Gogineni, Vikas Gora, and many others, waiting to be confirmed. For the latest list of speakers and program updates, visit the congress website here.
Program at a glance:
Check out all recent developments to the program on our website: WHC2023.com