1. The Welsh Government announced plans that would allow for inclusive education in faith schools
This week, the Welsh Government proposed a right for parents whose children attend faith schools to demand an inclusive, broad-based alternative Religion, Values, and Ethics curriculum that includes humanism – the most most progressive change in this area of law in the UK for 75 years.
Today's @WelshGovernment proposal on the future of parental opt outs from learning about religions or beliefs in Wales is an elegant solution to a difficult problem, which respects human rights, parental choice, and good education – well done to @wgmin_education @Kirsty_Williams
— Andrew Copson (@andrewcopson) May 5, 2020
2. The international humanist community came together to support Mubarak Bala
Humanists International announced a global week of protest to mark one week since Mubarak Bala, the President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested in his home following allegations that he insulted the Prophet Muhammad on social media.
The movement calling to #FreeMubarakBala is growing! Join our Week of Protest: https://t.co/ndZLJk6Zxg #Humanism #interfaith #freedom #FreeSpeech #TheWorldIsWatching @PoliceNG @MalamiSan @MBuhari pic.twitter.com/5mUhRTuqOT
— Humanists International (@HumanistsInt) May 3, 2020
3. Sudan set to criminalise those carrying out female genital mutilation
Sudan announced plans to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) – a country thought to have one of the highest rates of FGM in the world.
It’s encouraging to see decisive action being taken to prevent FGM in Sudan – a violent misogynistic practice that is said to affect 200 million women and girls across the world, including in the UK.https://t.co/fFj1DduE6v
— Humanists UK (@Humanists_UK) May 4, 2020
4. Humanists UK called on the UK Government to legislate for inclusive assemblies
Following the first of a series of online assemblies on a new government-funded learning platform – which included a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury telling children it ‘is God who gives us the strength’ – Humanists UK called on the Government to legislate for assemblies that are inclusive of the whole school.
This week, a new government-funded home learning platform held the first in a series of online assemblies, reported to be 'accessible to those of all faiths and none.’ @andrewcopson outlines why this week’s assembly failed to meet this inclusive goal.? https://t.co/rv5ght40j8
— Humanists UK (@Humanists_UK) May 1, 2020