NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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CSW Side Event: “A Woman’s Right to Believe”

The United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief will host a side event at the upcoming 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place at UN headquarters in New York City this March 14-24, 2016.

This side event will focus on the importance and scope of the right of women to change, dissent from, or leave their religion, and the role of the rights to freedom of religion or belief in empowering women, as well as other related issues.

Speakers will include: 

  • Ani Zonneveld, founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values.
  • Melanie Brewster, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University; author, Atheists in America.
  • Sarah Haider, director of outreach for Ex-Muslims of North America.
  •  Jasmine Sarryeh, representative to the United Nations for the Center for Inquiry (moderator).

This event will take place Monday, March 21, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army auditorium, located at 221 East 52nd St (between 2nd and 3rd Aves.).

To RSVP, please email by Friday, March 18. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and Muslims for Progressive Values.

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