Sexuality and Religion – Beirut, Lebanon

Freethought Lebanon organized a seminar entitled “Sexuality & Religion” on the 5th of August, 2016. The seminar invited prominent speakers Tommi Paalanen (Finland) and Faysal El Kaak (Lebanon) to address the topic of sexual ethics and rights in modern times. The talks touched on the correlation between religious canon and sexuality, and were followed by a Q&A session.

– Tommi Paalanen (MA, DSocSci) is a Finnish philosopher and ethicist whose major interests are philosophical sexual ethics, professional ethics, philosophy of law, human & sexual rights and sexual politics. Tommi works as the Executive Director in the Sexpo Foundation, which specialises in training sexologists, providing counselling and therapy and engaging in sexual politics in order to advance sexual wellbeing.

Tommi’s other notable positions are Chair of the Sexual Rights Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), Chair of the Ethical Committee of the Nordic Association for Clinical Sexology, and Chair of the Committee on Sexual Ethics of the Finnish Association for Sexology among other positions of trust. Tommi is very fond of political activism to advance positive, open and liberal culture towards sexuality and diversity in society.

– Dr. Faysal El Kaak is a Coordinator of the Network of Arab Scholars on Sexuality and Sexual Health (NASSS), a member of the Sexual Rights Committee of the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS) and a member of the Membership and Outreach Committee of the International Society of Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH).



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