Halima Begum is an ex-Muslim, feminist, blogger, and campaigner for secularism. Following her decade-long journey of exploring both the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam, as well as Islamism, Halima is now an outspoken advocate of gender equality and secular liberalism. Her study, British ex-Muslims: Negotiating the Essential and the Revolutionary”, won the Best Dissertation Award at Birkbeck University in 2014. Halima’s core aims are to promote freedom of expression and uphold rights of personal autonomy. She hopes to share her journey and help others dealing with faith-related issues to find a way to live according to their own values. You can follow Halima on Twitter (@thumbalima), or through her personal blog, Tales of Courage.