The (UK) National Secular Society’s honorary associate and vice-president of GALHA (Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association), Taslima Nasreen, gave an International Women’s Day address on March 8, 2007 at the University of London Union with a moving account of the persecution she’s suffered at the hands of the religious authorities in her native Bangladesh. (You can listen to a podcast of her address here)
Because she refused to accept the role as an inferior human being that Islam dictates for women, she was driven from her homeland under threat of death and is now a refugée.
She aches to return home, and her dream is that one day that will be possible on her terms and not those of the mullahs who demand that she squander her education and experience by confining her to what would be, in essence, house arrest.
Taslima’s co-vice-president of GALHA, Maryam Namazie has initiated an on-line petition in support of Taslima, who remains under threat from Islamic extremists in India & Bangladesh. Help to support Taslima by adding your name to this petition: www.PetitionOnline.com/taslima/petition.html