Jane Donnelly of Atheist Ireland introduces Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation at the opening of the international conference in Dublin on Empowering Women Through Secularism on 29-30 June 2013.
It’s just a week now to Atheist Ireland’s international conference on Empowering Women Through Secularism, in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin on 29-30 June 2013.
We have a marvelous speaker line-up, including Dan Barker, Ophelia Benson, Ann Brusseel, Clare Daly, Carlos Diaz, Doctors for Choice, Jane Donnelly, Rachel Donnelly, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Leonie Hilliard, Anthea McTiernan, PZ Myers, Maryam Namazie, Taslima Nasrin, Michael Nugent, Nina Sankari, Farhana Shakir, Kate Smurthwaite, Ailbhe Smyth, Ann Marie Waters, and Rebecca Watson.
Topics and Purpose
The conference will include sessions on:
- Reproductive rights (and Irish abortion law)
- Secular Values in Society
- Separation of Church and State
- Human Rights
- Keynote speech by Taslima Nasrin
- Politics and Campaigning
- Dublin Declaration on Empowering Women Through Secularism
- Review of Conference and What Next
Each session will include four short talks and a panel discussion with audience participation. The first five topic-based sessions will aim to prepare sections on that topic to include in the Dublin Declaration on Empowering Women Through Secularism, which will be finalised during the sixth session.
This is the schedule for the conference. There may be some minor adjustments.
Saturday 29th of June
9.30am-10.15am - Introduction – Annie Laurie Gaylor
10.15am-11.30am Session 1 – Reproductive rights and Irish abortion law
Ophelia Benson, Clare Daly, Anthea McTiernan, Ailbhe Smyth, Doctors for Choice
11.45am-1 pm - Session 2 – Secular Values in Society
Leonie Hilliard, Nina Sankari, Farhana Shakir, PZ Myers
2.15pm-3.30pm - Session 3 – Separation of Church and State
Ann Brusseel, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Rebecca Watson, Michael Nugent
4.45pm-6.00pm - Session 4 – Human Rights
Jane Donnelly, Maryam Namazie, To Be Confirmed, Dan Barker
6.15pm-7.00pm - Keynote Speaker – Taslima Nasrin
Sunday 30th of June
10.15am-11.30am - Session 5 – Politics and Campaigning
Rachel Donnelly, Maryam Namazie, Ann Marie Waters, Carlos Diaz
11.45am-1pm - Session 6 – Finalising the Declaration
Panelists representing outcomes of each of sessions 1-5
2.15pm-3.30pm – Session 7 – Review of Conference and What Next
Kate Smurthwaite, others to be confirmed
3.30pm – 4.15pm - Closing speeches
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Prices are €100 for a general ticket, and €50 for a student ticket.
Free Scholarship Tickets
Based on feedback, we have arranged for some scholarship tickets, free of charge, for people with a genuine interest in empowering women through secularism who cannot afford the admission price.
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Sunday Evening Comedy with Kate Smurthwaite
One of our speakers, Kate Smurthwaite, will be performing in a comedy show in McGrattan’s Cafe Bar off Baggot Street at 8.30 pm on Sunday 30 June.
It is a benefit gig for the Abortion Support Network, and others of our speakers will be there to support the show.
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The Empowering Women Through Secularism international conference in Dublin, Ireland, takes place on the weekend of 29-30 June 2013: just ten weeks from today.
If you buy your ticket now, 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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Speakers at Empowering Women Through Secularism 2013 will include
- 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, Fitnah Movement for Women’s Liberation
- 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.
Secularism protects freedom of conscience, and advances equal rights for 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.
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.
Topics will include
- How religiously-inspired laws discriminate against women
- How secularism protects freedom of conscience
- How secularism advances equal rights for women
- Healthcare, sexuality and reproductive rights
- Education, careers, and social policy
- Combatting violence against women
- History and future of women in secular activism
- Political strategies, media and building coalitions
- 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.
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.
The O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel is located in central Dublin 2 within strolling distance of Grafton Street, Merrion Square, Trinity College and Dail Eireann.