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Author: Anne Marie Waters

Religion is not accommodated, it is privileged

Religion is not accommodated, it is privileged

Posted: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters reports on an event, held on 4 February, organised by the Cutting Edge Consortium, a group which campaigns against homophobia in religion, and looks at how far religious belief should be, and is being, accommodated in employment and public life.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Double-talk and betrayal put massive obstacles in the way of women’s rights

Double-talk and betrayal put massive obstacles in the way of women’s rights

Posted: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Using the language of freedom, Islamists are turning back the clock on women's human rights. Segregation in universities is just another example, argues Anne Marie Waters.

Tags: Gender Equality

Baroness Warsi and the OIC

Baroness Warsi and the OIC

Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Baroness Warsi's partnership with the OIC means it is only a matter of time before we are completely silenced in the name of religious freedom, argues Anne Marie Waters

Tags: Freedom of Expression

Do you know what a Concordat is?

Do you know what a Concordat is?

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Concordats are a little known tool of the Vatican to impose its dogma in to the public square. They are anti-democratic and anti-secular and, as Anne Marie Waters argues, are having a serious impact on the safety and health of millions of women.

Tags: Catholic Church

As the niqab controversy shows, not all women are feminists

As the niqab controversy shows, not all women are feminists

Posted: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Just because a woman chooses the niqab does not make the niqab ok – it remains a tool of subjugation and suppression, argues Anne Marie Waters.

Tags: Niqab

Stoning – the true horror

Stoning – the true horror

Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that stoning is very much a part of Islamic sharia law, and needs to be named and shamed.

Tags: Stoning

It’s not culture, it’s a crime against humanity

It’s not culture, it’s a crime against humanity

Posted: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Women's rights are being ignored and side-stepped under the guise of 'culture', 'tradition' and religion, argues Anne Marie Waters.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Women wake up – your dignity is negotiable

Women wake up – your dignity is negotiable

Posted: Tue, 21 May 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that when there is a clash between the rights and dignity of women and religious or cultural sensitivities, women always lose.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Are religions unfair to women? Is the Pope Catholic?

Are religions unfair to women? Is the Pope Catholic?

Posted: Thu, 09 May 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Secularism does not control belief; it keeps religious oppressors away from power and, most importantly, keeps women safe and free from these oppressors.

Tags: Gender Equality

There can be no cultural get-out clause for child abusers

There can be no cultural get-out clause for child abusers

Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

It's official – raping children is wrong. Sometimes. It depends on the colour (sorry "culture") of the child being raped. Welcome to post-racism Europe.

Tags: Child Abuse

Bishop Nazir-Ali gives a master class in hypocrisy and double-speak

Bishop Nazir-Ali gives a master class in hypocrisy and double-speak

Posted: Wed, 05 Sep 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that when it comes to freedom, prosperity and liberty, the men-who-live-in-palaces have got some serious questions to answer.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Why do we allow discrimination based on culture?

Why do we allow discrimination based on culture?

Posted: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

So, the Olympics has come and gone and it's been a triumph; our athletes have done us proud and the UK has a whole new raft of sporting heroes and heroines. But that's not all – Saudi Arabia got off the hook, misogyny has been normalised, and multiculturalism has been disingenuously defended … all in a few short weeks.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Women can choose to wear the burka – but can they choose not to?

Women can choose to wear the burka – but can they choose not to?

Posted: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 by By Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that the burka runs counter to democratic values and norms because it designates women a different and separate existence. Should the choice to cause this harm should be restricted?

Tags: Burka/veil

Forced marriage: the real racism lies in our failure to protect victims

Forced marriage: the real racism lies in our failure to protect victims

Posted: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

Forced marriage is to become a criminal offence. I am tempted to think progress is being made and that many young girls will now be saved from a life of rape and servitude. I'm afraid I remain somewhat sceptical however, because laws mean nothing if they are not enforced.

Tags: Forced Marriage

Secularism and religious freedom

Secularism and religious freedom

Posted: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

An overview of a talk given to a Religious Discrimination and Symbolism workshop. The issue of religious discrimination — including with regard to religious symbolism and expression — is very current, and very popular.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Are you morally superior to the Taliban?

Are you morally superior to the Taliban?

Posted: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie-Waters says that the doctrine of multiculturalism prevents criticism of the most appalling actions if the people committing them happen to not be white.

Tags: Sharia

Sharia Law and Free Speech

Sharia Law and Free Speech

Posted: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that concerns over 'islamophobia' means truth and fair comment is under attack.

Tags: Freedom of Expression

Sharia Law and Middle Class Feminism

Sharia Law and Middle Class Feminism

Posted: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

Some white middle class feminists are letting down Muslim women. Anne Marie Waters is skeptical about the wonderful woman-friendly version of sharia law.

Tags: Sharia

Freedom of expression under threat by violent extremists

Freedom of expression under threat by violent extremists

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 by Ann Marie Waters

Ann Marie Waters' account of how her talk on sharia and human rights at Queen Mary College, London was cancelled at the last moment because of an Islamist who made serious threats against everyone there.

Tags: Freedom of Expression