Lives in the Balance is a conference imagined to bring people together to raise awareness of persecution related to beliefs while raising funds for refugees fleeing their own countries because their lives are imperiled for that same reason.
There are too many lives in the balance these days. Whether wavering on the frantic edges of poverty, wrestling with the backlash of simply identifying one’s gender or sexuality, remaining in relationships that are toxic and abusive, or expressing one’s own thoughts within entrenched regimes, people around the world risk their lives because of where they are, who they are, who controls their lives and bodies, and what it is they believe.
The day will be moderated by Gretta Vosper, a United Church of Canada minister who claims the label “atheist” and is currently embroiled in a widely publicized heresy trial.
Bonya Ahmed Writer, Blogger, Activist She survived a machete attack carried out by AQ affiliated groups which took her husband writer and founder of secular blog site MuktoMona.
Alishba Zarmeen Human Rights Activist Working to educate and protect progressive Muslims who have dared to read the Koran and find it deeply disturbing.
Raihan Abir Writer, Blogger, Activist Avijit’s co-author and now a landed immigrant in Canada.
Ensaf Haider Human Rights Activist Wife of imprisoned Saudi, Raif Badawi, whose sentence included ten years of prison and one thousand lashes.
Ali Rizvi Human Rights Activist Working to educate and protect progressive Muslims who have dared to read the Koran and find it deeply disturbing.
Aruna Papp Human Right Activist A local activist who continues to expose the spectre of honour-beating that continues against girls in our own local high schools.
Ticket Price: $125-$150
Date: Saturday June 2, 2018
Location: Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street (Toronto)
For More Information: http://www.livesinthebalance.ca/