Center for Inquiry


She called upon Islam to wake up, and she woke up the whole world.
Hear her speak at the Women in Secularism conference.

“It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another that belongs to the twenty-first century.”

wafasultanWith those words spoken on al-Jazeera television, human rights activist Wafa Sultan took to task the Islamic world for its barbaric and violent attitudes toward women and non-Muslims, and its adherence to ancient superstition. Her courageous and impassioned plea lit up the Internet, and its video clip has been viewed over twenty million times. In 2006, Time magazine named her one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People, and she is author of the book A God Who Hates.

Wafa Sultan will deliver an address on women in Islam at the Center for Inquiry’s Women in Secularism conference—May 18-20 in Arlington, Virginia—and will take part in a panel discussion on the necessity of freedom from religion for women along with Greta Christina, Elizabeth Cornwell, and Annie Laurie Gaylor. These are just part of the conference’s many enriching and exciting talks.

Join us for this historic event.

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General Admission for the three-day conference: $219
CFI Member Discount Admission: $195 (Become a member!)
Saturday Night Dinner and Entertainment: $75

Outspoken, influential secularist speakers at Women in Secularism will discuss and examine the role religion has played in the repression of women.



Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA

Just steps away from fantastic restaurants, theaters, and shops, and a short Metro ride away from Washington, DC. Room reservations can be made at a steep discount by calling 1-800-228-9290 and mentioning the "Women in Secularism" conference or by booking online using Group Code: CFICFIA.


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“It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality...It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts and those who treat them like human beings.” —Wafa Sultan

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