Public Seminar at UK Parliament on Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice

Date: 7 November 2016

Time: 7-9 pm

Venue: Committee Room 9
House of Commons, Westminster
London SW1A 0AA

Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice is hosted by several organisations and activists to debate and express their concerns about the increasing state recognition and promotion of religious-based arbitration and mediation forums such as Sharia councils in the UK. These councils operate as parallel legal systems in which women are treated unfairly, including when seeking divorce or custody over children. The seminar will examine the range of injustices faced by women who engage with all forms of religious arbitration forums and sets out the reasons behind a growing campaign to end state legitimisation of legal pluralism in the UK.

The seminar is co-hosted by the following organisations:

1-Kurdish Progress Organisation
2- Culture Project
3- One Law for All
4- Centre for Secular Space
5- Southhall Black Sisters
6- Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation
7- British Muslims for Secular Democracy

To RSVP, please email Houzan Mahmoud at & Kurdish Progress at