Episode 215 – “Secularism, A Right and Demand of Women Worldwide”

Today on CenterStage, a dynamic lecture on secularism as a women’s issue worldwide.

On May 17th through 19th, 2013, the Center for Inquiry presented its second annual Women in Secularism conference in Washington, D. C.

Around the world, the forces of religion and superstition are working to contain and even reverse the progress made in the cause of women’s basic human rights. Within the freethought movement, nonbelievers and skeptics are passionately debating the role of social justice, particularly in regard to gender equality and incidences of hostility toward women. Which is the best path forward? Over the next fourteen episodes of CenterStage, we’ll present the discussion.

This week, a lecture by international activist and campaigner Maryam Namazie titled “Secularism, a Right and Demand of Women Worldwide.” Maryam Namazie is a campaigner and blogger with a history of leadership roles in many organizations in Britain, Canada, Egypt, and Iran. In Britain she is a leader in the campaign against Sharia law, and acts as spokesperson for Equal Rights Now, the Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran.

The conference was chaired by CenterStage co-host Lauren Becker.