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British university back Islamists in gender apartheid scandal

Monday 25 November 2013, by siawi3


Nov 24, 2013

Outrage is sweeping across Britain’s higher education sector after it emerged yesterday that Universities UK (UUK), an organisation constructed of university vice chancellors from around the country, has caved to Islamist demands to encourage gender segregation of events on university campuses.

Against the backdrop of a wave of segregation cases on university campuses, wherein women are forced to sit separately or even in different rooms to men, the group of academics has stated that segregation is acceptable as long as men and women are seated side by side and one party is not at a disadvantage. The news has shocked anti-extremism campaigners, as well as those who believe in Western liberal values.

Across the United Kingdom, student Islamic societies, or those influenced or led by known Islamist sympathisers have been forcing the segregation of women for some time. Anti-extremism watchdog Student Rights made mention of 25 percent of events monitored being segregated, in a recent report entitled ‘Unequal Opportunity: Gender Segregation on UK University Campuses’.

Universities UK has opened itself up to hypocrisy charges, as campaigners insist that there is no way such a policy would be allowed for groups who wanted to segregate by skin colour, or by sexual preference. Instead, UUK stands accused of encouraging “sex apartheid†in a new petition being circulated online.

“Any form of segregation, whether by race, sex or otherwise is discriminatory. Separate is never equal and segregation is never applied to those who are considered equal. By justifying segregation, Universities UK sides with Islamist values at the expense of the many Muslims and others who oppose sex apartheid and demand equality between women and men,†the petition reads.

So far, signatories against UUK’s pro-discrimination moves include globally renowned scientist Richard Dawkins, philosopher A C Grayling, Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee, and’s founder, Raheem Kassam.