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Thursday 29th November 2018

        The lecture starts at 19:30 prompt,  and will be followed by a Q and A session. £2 entrance.

        Gita Sahgal

        Challenging an empire and building a new world: the UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a secular and feminist document

        On the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, Gita Sahgal will draw on the history of Indian feminists, including her grandmother, to show the crucial

        part they played in establishing a world that aspired to universal human rights. She will examine how secularism is a value that underpins the UDHR

        and why it is vital that should defend both human rights and secularism today.

        Gita is a founder of the Centre for Secular Space which campaigns for secular values and the universality of human rights and challenges fundamentalism

        in all religions. She is on the editorial collective of the journal, Feminist Dissent. She has been a member of Southall Black Sisters and a

        founder of Women Against Fundamentalism. She was Head of the Gender Unit at Amnesty International and left after she went public about their

        treatment of a pro-jihad organisation as human rights partners. She is a member of the One Law for All campaign 'Challenging an empire and

        building a new world: the UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a secular and feminist document which campaigns against Sharia Councils'

         in Britain and other parallel legal systems.

        She has made landmark films including 'The Provoked Wife' on Kiranjit Ahluwalia and women who kill due to domestic violence, 'The War Crimes

        File' on fundamentalist death squads in Bangladesh and their British connections, and two films on the Rushdie Affair. She writes on gender,

        fundamentalism and is working on women and the ‘hostile environment’.

        This year she delivered the Bradlaugh Lecture, 2018 for the National Secular Society at the Manchester Art Gallery, titled: ‘The Men Who Killed Gandhi

        Secular India and the rise of Hindu Nationalism.’

        at the Canal House, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham.

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Campaigning locally for a Secular Britain.

Who we are and what we believe:

We are a group of people based in and around the Nottingham area who support the idea of a secular society, in which people of all religions, and none, should be treated equally.

We support the Charter of the National Secular Society and meet regularly to discuss secular issues; listen to guest speakers; organise campaigns, have debates and the occasional social evening.

Secularism Protects:

We are not anti-religion. We oppose discrimination against religions and discrimination by religions equally but we believe that religion is a private matter for individuals and that the privileged position of religious organisations and the self-interest of religious leaders is one that should be challenged.


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