Journalist, author, and human rights activist
"The right not to have a religion is as important as the right to religious belief. I believe the country would be a better place if we focused on humanist values, which means fairness and equality in this world, not an imaginary after-life."
Joan Smith is a columnist, novelist and human rights activist. She is the author of six novels and several books on feminism and human rights, including Misogynies and Moralities. Her latest book is The Public Woman (if you buy her books at Amazon.co.uk via this link a small commission will go to Humanists UK).
Joan was co-chair of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Panel and a former Chair of the English PEN Writers in Prison Committee. She was a victim of phone hacking and is on the board of Hacked Off, the organisation which campaigns for a free and accountable press. She is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society and a supporter of Republic, the campaign for an elected head of state. As of 2015, she is chair of Labour Humanists. She lives in London.
See also her profile and a selection of her articles in The Independent.