Seyran Ateş to open Tolerance Talks 2021

The well-known Turkish-German lawyer and women’s rights activist Seyran Ateş will open the European tolerance talks in 2021 in Fresach. Ateş is the initiator and co-founder of the liberal Ibn Rushd Goethe Mosque in Berlin, which strives for a contemporary and gender-equitable interpretation of the Koran. She has received numerous international awards for her intercultural work, but was also confronted with death threats.

Seyran Ateş was a member of the German Islam Conference and advised the German government’s integration summit in Berlin. Because of constant hostility to her views critical of Islam, she temporarily withdrew her license to practice as a lawyer in 2006 and withdrew completely from the public in 2009. Three years later she resumed her legal practice and since then has mainly represented women seeking help. From 2016 she helped to found the first mosque in which women and men are allowed to pray together and trained as an imam herself. Her book “Selam, Frau Imamin” became a bestseller.

In Fresach, the controversial lawyer will speak about her positions on Europe and dealing with ethnic minorities, but also political extremes and nationalisms. Seyran Ateş does not condemn religious or national traditions, but rather about education and equality, her aim is to end the discrimination and oppression of women. Her integration and socio-political commitment is not limited to tolerance and acceptance of those who think differently, it also demands an active stand against false values ​​and outdated ideas.

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