This is the first in a series of posts introducing the speakers at the Empowering Women Through Secularism International Conference in Dublin on the weekend of 29-30 June 2013.
The conference 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.
Senator Ivana Bacik is the only member of the Irish parliament who is a member of Atheist Ireland. She has been active in Irish politics since the 1980s, firstly as a students union leader in Trinity College Dublin, when she was taken to court by pro-life campaigners for distributing information about abortion.
At the age of 28 she was appointed Reid Professor of Criminal Law in Trinity College. She was elected as a Senator in 2007 and again in 2011. Her research interests include criminal law and criminology, constitutional law, feminist theories and law, human rights and equality issues.
Opening the World Atheist Convention in Dublin in 2011
Opening the first Atheist Ireland AGM in 2009
Speaking at pro-choice demonstration in Dublin in 2012
At parliamentary hearings on abortion law in 2013 (starts 2:20)
Speaking at International Women’s Day celebration in 2011
Greeting Sanal Edamaruku at Atheist Ireland briefing for politicians
You can read more about the conference, and find out how to register, here:
Empowering Women Through Secularism, Dublin, 29-30 June 2013