Petition aims to block 'endorsement' of sex segregation at UK universities
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A petition fighting Universities UK’s claim that sex segregation is not discriminatory has gained more than 4,600 signatures. The petition, which has been signed by public figures including A C Grayling, Polly Toynbee and Richard Dawkins, calls separate seating for men and women “gender apartheid.” It goes on to claim that “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.” It ends: “The guidance must be immediately rescinded and sex segregation at universities must come to an end.” The petition comes in response to guidance offered by Universities UK, which on Friday advised universities who may be “managing controversial guest speakers” 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.”
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