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03/01/2014 Gender segregation allowed as long as it is not ‘forced'

Author: Millennia2015

Source: Times Higher Education - David Matthews

 

 

 

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Gender segregation allowed as long as it isn't ‘forced'

Times Higher Education - David Matthews

 

Universities generally do not ban gender segregation at campus events, Times Higher Education has found.

 

THE asked 163 UK higher education institutions whether they allow gender-segregated events. Of the 46 that responded, 29 do not have prohibitions in place and of these, 23 say they do not have a policy on gender segregation.

The findings come after Universities UK issued guidance suggesting that meeting religious figures' requests for gender-segregated seating with some audience partition would satisfy a “balance of interests” for all parties.

 

Any speaker with a “genuinely-held religious belief” who wants gender segregation for an event could have their freedom of speech “curtailed unlawfully” if non-segregation were allowed, warns External Speakers in Higher Education Institutions, issued on 22 November.

 

 

=> Direct link to the article here:

     http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/gender-segregation-allowed-as-long-as-it-isnt-forced/2009599.article

 

 

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