The University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) and SOAS’ Centre for Gender Studies are pleased to announce the following seminar:
GENDER, SEXUALITY, FUNDAMENTALISM AND THE LAW
This seminar will take place in B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Campus map here
Saturday 25th April 2015, 2–5pm
(Centre for Secular Space)
(Southall Black Sisters)
(Peter Tatchell Foundation)
Karon Monaghan QC
Chair: Nira Yuval-Davis
The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at
For more info on CMRB: uel.ac.uk/cmrb and facebook.com/CMRBuel
For more info on Centre for Gender Studies: http://www.soas.ac.uk/genderstudies/
Gita Saghal is a founder of the Centre for Secular Space, which opposes fundamentalism, amplifies secular voices and promotes universality in human rights. She was formerly Head of the Gender Unit at Amnesty International. She is a filmmaker and writer. For many years she served on the board of Southall Black Sisters and she was a founder of Women Against Fundamentalism and Awaaz: South Asia Watch.
Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism. She worked as a co-ordinator and senior case-worker for SBS from 1982 to 1993 when she left to train and practice as a solicitor. In 2009 she returned to SBS as its Director. She has been centrally involved in some of SBS’ most important cases and campaigns around domestic violence, immigration and religious fundamentalism. She has also written extensively on race, gender and religion.
Karon Monaghan QC is a barrister specialising in equality and discrimination law. Much of her work concerns the rights of women and gender based violence. Her publications include ‘Monaghan on Equality Law’ (2013, OUP) and ed. Hunter, McGlynn and Rackley, ‘Feminist Judgments: From theory to Practice’ (2010, Hart) (contributor).
Peter Tatchell has been campaigning since 1967 on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBT equality and global justice. He coordinated the Equal Love campaign from 2010, in a bid to challenge the UK’s twin legal bans on same-sex civil marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships. The following year, he organised four gay couples and four heterosexual couples to file a case in the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that sexual orientation discrimination in civil marriage and civil partnership law is unlawful under Articles 8, 12 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. He has proposed an internationally-binding UN Human Rights Convention enforceable through both national courts and the International Criminal Court; a permanent rapid-reaction UN peace-keeping force with the authority to intervene to stop genocide and war crimes; and a global agreement to cut military spending by 10 percent to fund the eradication of hunger, disease, illiteracy, unemployment and homelessness in the developing world.