Akbar Ganji, Iranian journalist and dissident gave an extremely interesting Keynote Address to close the conference. The text and video of his talk will be available here shortly. I will focus here on the possible solutions that he suggested to the problem of human rights and discrimination against women in Islam. This is only a small part of his talk and therefore it is highly recommended for interested parties to read the text or watch the video.
The commandments of the Qur'an can be divided into primary and secondary commandments. If a problem is not solved by the primary commandments, they can be suspended. The problem can then be solved by issuing a secondary commandment. However, this suspension has never been used to deal with the problem of women. The Shia Muslims believe that Mohammed was followed by 12 imams, one of whom is missing. Until he returns, all of the laws should be suspended. Others argue that judges can take the place of the missing imam until he returns.