Tehmina Kazi announced as speaker for HSSCon2016

Tehmina Kazi is announced as the latest speaker at the Humanist Society Scotland Annual Conference in Edinburgh on Saturday 24 September.

Tehmina is the former director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy (BMSD), an organisation which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of democracy and its contribution to a shared vision of citizenship.

Tehmina will address the conference on the issue of so-called ‘normative’ Islam and attempts to challenge it.

BMSD was founded in 2006 by Nasreen Rehman and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. It brings together a diverse group of Muslim democrats from a variety of ethnic and social backgrounds. Its purpose is to challenge perceptions, ideas and current thinking about British Muslims as a collectivity and the issues that affect the wider society. BMSD is not a theological group but one that advocates civic engagement and good citizenship. They are not concerned with judging or being judged on the basis of religious practice.

Tehmina Kazi took up the position of Director of BMSD in May 2009. Her role included staff management, governance responsibilities, fundraising, outreach, lobbying, advocacy, media work, policy and strategy development, workshop facilitation and event management.

Prior to joining BMSD, she was a Project Officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where she worked on a ground-breaking inquiry into the Human Rights Act and its impact on public service delivery, undertaking research, writing policy briefings, facilitating focus groups and interviewing victims of human rights violations. She also co-organised the first awards ceremony of its kind to acknowledge the achievements of the UK’s most powerful Muslim women, which received widespread coverage in the national press.

Earlier this month Tehmina announed that she would be leaving BMSD to work for an equality organisation in Northern Ireland.

Speaking to HSS ahead of the announcement, Tehmina said:

“I am delighted to be speaking at the Humanist Society Scotland conference. Religious and non-religious groups and individuals must unite for the common cause of promoting secularism, particularly secular education, in Scotland.


For more information about the conference, visit www.humanism.scot/conference.

As always, Humanist Society Scotland are subsidising tickets to the Annual Conference. As such we are able to offer a very reasonable rate:

Full Conference and Gala Dinner tickets – £54.95

Conference only – £29.95

Gala Dinner only – £39.95

Conference only (Student discount) – £19.95

Here is a selection of what people said after attending our Annual Conference and Gala Dinner last year.

“Good mixture of information, entertainment and meeting people.”

“Diversity of people and views. Lovely venue, friendly welcoming members and staff.”

“There was a diversity of presenters and variety of topics for discussion, and the opportunity to offer your own thoughts and ideas.”

“Well organised, good speakers, interesting people, plenty of time to socialise.”

“Very interesting issues and informative presentations with much laughter included!”

“Good food, good company, excellent speakers….”

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