Seyran Ateş is both a lawyer specialized in family law and an author of many socially critical books. As a women’s rights activist, human rights activist, and Muslim woman, she has been one of the most significant voices in the fight against religious and tradition-based violence for more than 35 years. As an advocate, she primarily helps discriminated and oppressed people from the LGBTQI community and from Islamic countries. Born in Istanbul in 1963, she has lived in Berlin since 1969 and studied law at the Free University of Berlin. In June 2017, Seyran Ateş and other associates opened the liberal Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque in Berlin, which advocates a reformation for gender-equal, contemporary and historical- critical interpretations and readings of Islam.