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Religions and religiously-inspired laws discriminate against women. Secular activism can help to empower women. And, whether you are a woman or a man, you can help to shape the future of secular activism and women’s rights around the world by coming to Dublin this June.
Following our successful sell-out World Atheist Convention in the same venue in June 2011, you can register now for Atheist Ireland’s international Conference on Empowering Women Through Secularism, in the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, on the weekend of 29-30 June 2013.
You will hear and meet and socialise with inspiring speakers and panelists and conference participants from around the world. You will help to shape strategies for positive change, and vote on an international Declaration on Empowering Women Through Secularism.
We will discuss how religion and religiously-influenced laws discriminate against women in areas from healthcare, sexuality and reproductive rights to education, careers and social policy, as well as how to combat violence against women and the history and future of women in atheist and secular activism.
If you register now, you can attend all sessions of this important Conference at an early discount price of just €100. There will be optional extra charges for meals and entertainment, and we will recommend hotels and other accommodation that you can book.
Speakers will include
- Ivana Bacik, Irish Senator and member of Atheist Ireland
- Dan Barker, Freedom From Religion Foundation, USA
- Ophelia Benson, author and commentator, USA
- Ann Brusseel, Member of Flemish Parliament, Belgium
- Mairin de Burca, writer and secularist, Ireland
- Carlos Diaz, President Atheist Alliance International, Argentina
- Jane Donnelly, Education Policy Officer Atheist Ireland
- Annie Laurie Gaylor, Freedom From Religion Foundation, USA
- Anthea McTiernan, reproductive rights activist and journalist
- PZ Myers, science professor and blogger, USA
- Maryam Namazie, Council of Ex-Muslims in Britain, Iran
- Taslima Nasrin, novelist and activist, Bangladesh and India
- Michael Nugent, Chairperson Atheist Ireland
- Nina Sankari, Polish Rationalist Association
- Farhana Shakir, lawyer and legal consultant, Pakistan
- Kate Smurthwaite, comedian and activist, Britain
- Anne Marie Waters, One Law for All Campaign, Britain
- Rebecca Watson, Skepchick network, USA
Check back here for news of more speakers as they are confirmed.
Topics will include
- How religions discriminate against women
- How religiously-influenced laws discriminate against women
- The history of women in atheist and secular activism
- Healthcare, sexuality and reproductive rights
- Education, careers, and social policy
- Combatting violence against women
- Political strategies, media and building coalitions
- The future of women in atheist and secular activism
- Declaration on Empowering Women Through Secularism
As well as listening to speakers and panelists, this conference will be an active one for delegates who want to participate. Most sessions will be panel discussions with short contributions by the speakers followed by audience interaction. We will also be debating and voting on an international Declaration on Empowering Women Through Secularism.
The Dublin Conference will be held in the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, located in central Dublin 2 within strolling distance of Grafton Street, Merrion Square, Trinity College and Dail Eireann.
Atheist Alliance International
Atheist Ireland is affiliated to Atheist Alliance International, a global federation of atheist and freethought groups and individuals, committed to educating its members and the public about atheism, secularism and related issues. Atheist Alliance International will be holding its 2013 Annual General Meeting in Dublin alongside the Dublin Conference.
CFI Women in Secularism
The Dublin Conference is not the only one you can attend this year on this topic. In America, the Center for Inquiry is holding another Women in Secularism Conference on 17-19 May in Washington DC. Please consider attending either or both of these conferences. The more we take coordinated action around the world, the greater will be the impact of our secular activism.
Buy early price tickets now for just €100
If you buy your ticket now for the Dublin International Conference on Empowering Women Through Secularism, you can attend all sessions for an early discount price of just €100! Please note that there will be optional extra charges for meals and entertainment.
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