Maryam Namazie has a petition for you to sign. Do you remember all the fuss about an extreme islamic group organizing a meeting at a UK university and insisting on gender segregation – men sit in the front, woman have to sit at the back and be silent – well, since that broke the University’s rules the Islamic group of extremists were banned. The University then later came up with a solution – resined the rule.
The details for the petition reads …
Universities UK (UUK) has issued guidance on external speakers saying that the segregation of the sexes at universities is not discriminatory as long as “both men and women are being treated equally, as they are both being segregated in the same way.”
UUK add that universities should bear in mind that “concerns to accommodate the wishes or beliefs of those opposed to segregation should not result in a religious group being prevented from having a debate in accordance with its belief system” and that if “imposing an unsegregated seating area in addition to the segregated areas contravenes the genuinely-held religious beliefs of the group hosting the event, or those of the speaker, the institution should be mindful to ensure that the freedom of speech of the religious group or speaker is not curtailed unlawfully.”
We, the undersigned, condemn the endorsement of gender apartheid by Universities UK. 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The guidance must be immediately rescinded and sex segregation at universities must come to an end.
Gender equality is all about men and women receiving equal treatment and this concept is a key part of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights .
You can either pander to extreme religious sensitivities, or you can conform to the rather basic human right of gender equality, but you simply cannot do both, and so right now gender equality has been tossed under the bus so that a couple of religious lunatics don’t get offended.
The first person who signed at the top of the list was Philosopher A C Grayling, why not join him and sign up and well. – Click here.