An event at University College London caused upset by the usual suspects who seem to be sensitive about most normal things in life.

Apparently the event run by the Islamic Education and Research Academy was segregated. Now some Muslim women students were upset at this segregation while others, for some reason thought it was a good thing. It can never be good for people to think segregation of this kind to be good, especially when in the UK. It just makes these people look like second class citizens who cannot think for themselves and have to act like sheep probably through family pressures over the years.

One student said that she wished she had crossed over and sat in the men’s section. That would have been a big step and perhaps next time at any similar university event forced segregation should be banned.

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“The day before the event, we got an email to say it was segregated and we were very shocked,” says Razana Abdul, a Muslim student, who is at university in London. She’s speaking about an event at University College Londonin March, run by an organisation called the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA).”I wanted to sit with my boyfriend. And there was a man ushering men to the men’s side and a woman ushering women to the women’s side.” She was upset by the experience. “It was gender apartheid,” she says.

Universities are struggling with the ethical dilemma of how far they can or should intervene to prevent distress caused by such situations. How can a university’s equality and diversity policy be enforced at events where some audience members want to sit only with their own gender and others wish to exercise their right to sit wherever they want?