Tags: Gender Equality

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Mixed-sex schools shouldn’t segregate children, says DfE

Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2018

Mixed-sex schools in England should not generally separate pupils by sex or faith, the government has said. Read More »

Ofsted head criticises segregation as Islamic school is taken over

Posted: Tue, 18 Jul 2017

The chief inspector of the schools inspectorate Ofsted has spoken out against gender segregation in mixed-sex schools. Read More »

Survey finds deeply regressive views of women among large majorities of Muslim men

Posted: Wed, 03 May 2017

A large-scale survey of views in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine has reported extensive anti-women views and widespread tolerance of domestic violence. Read More »

Don’t force the hijab on young girls, says Muslim women’s rights campaigner

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017

Shaista Gohir of the Muslim Women's Network has criticised Muslim parents who make their young daughters wear hijabs. Read More »

“Complete segregation” of genders within Islamic school is not discriminatory, says High Court

Posted: Wed, 09 Nov 2016

Ofsted is set to appeal a High Court ruling that gender segregation by an Islamic state school is not discriminatory. Read More »

Strike over Polish abortion ban forces U-turn

Posted: Mon, 03 Oct 2016

Massive demonstrations in Poland have resulted in a government U-turn over a law which would have criminalised abortion on all grounds except to save the life of the mother. Read More »

Don’t wear red clothes or short skirts, ultra-orthodox rabbi tells Jewish women

Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016

In a letter sent to 5000 homes, an ultra-orthodox rabbi warned women in Stamford Hill not to wear "eye-catching" clothes, telling them to dress modestly, avoiding bright colours and short skirts. Read More »

Mayors defiant after French burkini ban suspended by Council of State

Posted: Tue, 30 Aug 2016

The majority of French mayors who have imposed 'burkini' bans are refusing to revoke them, despite a ruling from France's highest administrative court against the ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet. Read More »

1200 cases of FGM reported in three months – but data “likely” to underestimate

Posted: Thu, 09 Jun 2016

New data has shown a surge in reported cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England, with over 1200 reports made in the first three months of 2016. Read More »

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2016

Plans to protect women and promote gender equality in Pakistan and Nigeria have generated a huge religious backlash – with Muslim and Christian senators saying the Nigerian law was an attack on religion. Read More »

Call for Muslim women to be better informed about legal rights relating to marriage and divorce

Posted: Fri, 26 Feb 2016

A report from the Muslim Women's Network (MWNUK) has called for greater efforts to promote women's legal rights, warning that some Muslim men are using marriage and divorce as a "psychological tool against women". Read More »

NSS calls for investigation of Orthodox Jewish schools after driving ban on mothers

Posted: Fri, 29 May 2015

The NSS has called on the DfE to investigate two independent Orthodox Jewish schools following demands that pupils be barred if dropped off by mothers after a driving 'driving ban' was imposed on women. Read More »

Religious lobbying threatens European Parliament vote on gender equality

Posted: Sun, 08 Mar 2015

On Tuesday 10 March the European Parliament will vote on a report about gender equality in the EU. NGOs are concerned that religious groups may defeat the report, and are appealing for support. Read More »

There should be no embarrassment over challenging Muslim treatment of women, says Justice Minister

Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014

Justice Minister Simon Hughes has said Britain should not be "culturally embarrassed" about challenging Muslims over the wearing of the veil or the segregation of women. Read More »

Equality and Human Rights Commission: gender segregation at campus events “unlawful”

Posted: Mon, 21 Jul 2014

The National Secular Society has welcomed new legal guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission clarifying that gender segregation of university and campus events is unlawful. Read More »

EU rejects anti-stem cell and anti-choice citizen initiative

Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014

The European Commission announced this week that it was to take no further action on the 'One of Us' citizen initiative. Read More »

Religious-right lobby succeeds in sabotaging progressive EP report on women’s reproductive rights

Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013

After an extensive and well-organised lobbying effort from the religious right, the European Parliament has, on Human Rights day, rejected a progressive Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Read More »

Egypt ranks worst for women’s rights in the Arab world

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013

The Thomson Reuters Foundation has released the findings of its third annual poll of women's rights in the Arab world. Read More »

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