Verleihung der Urania-Medaille 2019 an Seyran Ates

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1963 in Istanbul geboren, lebt Seyran Ateş seit 1969 in Deutschland. Sie ist Autorin und arbeitet als Rechtsanwältin mit eigener Kanzlei.

Als Frauenrechtsaktivistin, Menschenrechtsaktivistin und muslimische Frau gehört sie unter anderem zu den bedeutendsten Stimmen im Kampf gegen religiöse und traditionsgebundene Gewalt.

Sie eröffnete mit anderen Gesellschaftern im Jahre 2017 die liberale Ibn Rushd-Goethe Moschee in Berlin.

Mit der Urania-Medaille wollen wir ihr Engagement insbesondere auch für die Stadt Berlin würdigen.

Im Rahmen der Verleihung spricht Seyran Ateş mit Joachim Gauck, Bundespräsident a.D. und Ulrich Weigand, Direktor der Urania Berlin über das Jahresthema „Identität – Wer will ich sein? Wer darf ich werden?“. Die Laudatio hält Bundesministerin für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft Julia Klöckner.ş 

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Seyran Ateş

Seyran Ateş (born 20 April 1963) is a German lawyer and Muslim feminist born in Istanbul, Turkey, of Kurdish-Turkish descent. Her family moved to Germany when she was six years old. She studied law at the Free University of Berlin, and has practiced law since 1997, specializing in criminal law and family law.[1] Ateş, a civil-rights activist, is best known for demanding equal rights for Muslim women and girls.[2][3]

Her views, highly critical of an immigrant Muslim society that is often more conservative than its counterpart in Turkey, have put her at risk.[4] Her German language book, Islam needs a sexual revolution, was scheduled for publication in Germany in 2009.[2] In an interview in January 2008 on National Public Radio, Ateş stated that she was in hiding, and would not be working on Muslim women's behalf publicly (including in court), due to the threats against her. In one particular incident, she and her client were attacked by a woman's husband in a German courthouse in front of onlookers who did nothing.[5]

Ateş opened the Ibn Ruschd-Goethe mosque in 2017. It's the only liberal mosque in Germany where men and women pray together, and women can take the role of imam leading a prayer.[6] The Turkish religious authority and the Egyptian Fatwa Council at the Al-Azhar University have condemned her project, and she has received death threats.[7][8] The fatwa encompassed all present and future liberal mosques.[8]

In October 2019 Ates won the University of Oslo Human Rights award.[9]

According to Ateş, many liberal Muslims do not come forward due to threats and fear.[7]