Student takes on UK varsity gender segregation

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An Indian-origin Cambridge University student has challenged a move by British universities to allow "voluntary" gender segregation at Muslim meetings on campuses across the country.

Radha Bhatt has demanded in a legal letter that Universities UK (UUK), which represents all vice-chancellors in the UK, admit that a guidance on segregation it published last November was "unlawful".

UUK's guidance had cited a case study to justify its policy of allowing the "voluntary" separation of men and women for religious purposes.

It was forced to withdraw the case study last month and to review its guidance after Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted to ban segregation at universities.

Bhatt, a 19-year-old first-year history student, believes that the UUK guidance is a threat to women of all backgrounds.

Written By: TNN
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15 COMMENTS

  1. It’s splendid that this student has proved his worth of his place at such a prestigious university. It’s tragic that so many senior administrators have proved themselves completely undeserving of their jobs. We will obviously all be so surprised to find that none of them will lose those jobs.

  2. This whole nonsensical situation needed a personal challenge to bring the festering problem to a head and it is time for the United Kingdom university organisation to grow a pair and say that there can never be a situation where segragation on religious grounds can ever be permissible.

    • In reply to #3 by Miserablegit:

      This whole nonsensical situation needed a personal challenge to bring the festering problem to a head and it is time for the United Kingdom university organisation to grow a pair and say that there can never be a situation where segragation on religious grounds can ever be permissible.

      Please don’t use phrases like “grow a pair.” It simply feeds into the god-botherers’ own misogynist assumption that courage is the preserve of testicle-bearers.

  3. I expect they’ll continue trying it on what ever happens with this case.

    I get the feeling that, despite what religious people profess about being humble, meek and mild, they really think they are a cut above non believers, and of course it goes without saying, people of other faiths.

    Anyway, well done this young woman!

  4. UUK’s guidance had cited a case study to justify its policy of allowing the “voluntary” separation of men and women for religious purposes.

    good use of scare quotes. surely for segregation to be voluntary, the meetings would naturally gravitate to segregation without any request. true voluntary segregation exists already, in every relm of secular life. when a decision to segregate is made it is not voulntary.

    what would happen if a non-muslim meeting were to offer “voluntary” segregation for muslims? just one area of the hall, up to them of course but clearly marked it’s where they might want to volunteer to go and sit?

  5. Since each individual attending a function has the right to choose where they sit there can be no mandatory seating areas. Those who want to can separate themselves, only without invigilation or being able to exclude anyone from their group based on gender, ethnicity etc.

    Doesn’t work does it? Whatever made the UUK think it could, legally?

    Good work Radha.

  6. A UUK spokeswoman said the organisation “has always maintained that enforced gender segregation at university events is wrong. However, where gender segregation is voluntary the law is unclear”.

    That’s not the issue. The issue is what happens at a public lecture when someone walks in who doesn’t volunteer to respect the segregation in place. Do the universities security officers support that person’s right to sit where they like ?

    Or is it voluntary like: “Private Dawkins I want you to volunteer for a dangerous mission” ?

    Michael

  7. Right… “voluntary separation”. Yeah I’m sure muslim women are really down with THAT right? Sitting in the back, doing what you’re told, speaking only when spoken to. Yeah, I’m sure they love that. And of course, we must protect muslim men’s religious freedom to “voluntarily” treat their women like second class citizens.

    Yeah, good job UK universities. What a great way to flush your hard earned, worldwide prestige down the pipes.

  8. Don’t ever tell me to sit at the back of the bus. Perhaps some uppity women could crash segregated events to make the point more intensely. This sort of reminds of the Suffragette Movement of the last Century. Do we take a few steps forward only to be bullied by the Saudi Caliphate and pushed backward?

    • In reply to #12 by lindawardselbie:

      Perhaps some uppity women could crash segregated events to make the point more intensely.

      Or perhaps we could teach them the meaning of the phrase “squirrel grip.”

      There’s no sound that would be more musical to my ears than a bearded “security guard” in a white nightie and a silly knitted bedcap telling me how ‘great’ his ‘god’ was while I squeezed his testicles ‘til his eyes bled.

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