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Invitation to the Sakharov Lecture

The Sakharov Lecture Wednesday, 19 June, 2013
18.30 – 20.00 Ms Hauwa Ibrahim

Introduction by Barry Andrews CEO GOAL.  Ms Hauwa Ibrahim is a human rights lawyer from Abuja, Nigeria. She is acutely aware of the importance of education in the empowerment of women and as a defence for those facing the greatest deprivation. Hauwa Ibrahim has built a legal practice defending people who are condemned under Islamic Sharia law, which is applied in 12 northern states of Nigeria. Death sentences, although not carried out for the moment, continue to be handed down. Ms Ibrahim has worked free-of-charge as defence counsel in over 100 cases, many of which have involved women accused of adultery and subjected to death by stoning and children sentenced to have limbs amputated.

In August 2012, Ms Ibrahim published her book, “Practicing Sharia Law: Seven Strategies for Achieving Justice in Sharia Courts”. The book provides real-world insights into the intricacies of Sharia law. Hauwa Ibrahim wrote the book while she was a Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer at the Harvard Divinity School, (2010-2013)

The Sakharov Prize
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded each year by the European Parliament. The prize was set up in 1988 to honour individuals or organisations for their efforts on behalf of human
rights and fundamental freedoms.

The lecture will take place at: European Parliament Office 43 Molesworth Street Dublin 2

To book a place contact epdublin@ep.europa.eu or 01-6057900