To mark 10 December, International Human Rights Day, and in lieu of our protest rally against Universities UK’s endorsement of sex segregation at British universities, which is being held today from 5-6:30pm in London today, Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation announces the official start of sex apartheid busters.

Here’s what you can do:

* Join today’s rally. DATE: Tuesday 10 December 2013. TIME: 5:00-6:30pm. Universities UK, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ (Closest Underground Stations: Euston or Russell Square).

Sign our petition against sex segregation at universities. Let’s get 10,000 signatures by the end of today.

* Contact us if you hear of any segregated events so we can organise against them.

* Become part of a team that will go to segregated events and stop the segregation. Anyone who is opposed to segregation and is pro-equality, women’s rights, and secularism is welcome to join.

From this day on, there will no longer be any segregated meetings at universities or public spaces if we can help it.

Islamists (and your apologists such as Universities UK): You have been warned!

To join Sex Apartheid Busters, contact Maryam Namazie.



  1. I was very glad to attend the demo, together with my youngest and his dad, and particularly glad to have got the chance to see you speak live. I am useless with names, though, and don’t remember who all the other speakers were.

    1. … hit submit button too soon: meant to add that I’ll be looking out for news of other events. And maybe there will be accounts/summaries of all the speakers posted somewhere?

  2. Having gone to university almost thirty years ago I too wonder what has happened to our institutions. I am proud that so many people from all around the world feel safe to come to our country to live, study, and work. When I was at university the student’s union was often at the forefront of protests against sexism, political and religious extremism, etc. and championing the ideals of free speech, sexual equality, etc.

    What I find difficult to see the logic in, is why so many people have come from Islamic countries, settled in Britain, then sought to import the idealogies that often caused the issues in their homelands which caused them to become refugees. It seems madness to come to a country where generally all are free and safe to have their own beliefs, practice their religion, etc. but then seek to destroy those freedoms and convert the laws of Britain to be like those of the places that people have fled from! Do we want Britain to be more like Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afganistan, Pakistan, Jordan, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, etc.

    I don’t believe Britain is without corruption, whether it be in politics, it’s police force, judiciary, civil service, etc. I just want everyone to be clear that I know Britain isn’t perfect. I also don’t want to kick a load of immigrants out of Britain. That’s not the issue here! I’ve also been to some of the countries I listed above and had a fantastic time and loved most of the people I met. However, I can’t honestly believe that if Britain suddenly took on the values of any Islamic state I can think of, it would be a better place for doing so.

    I won’t be surprised if I get a lot of flack for what I’ve written, but I’m happy for anyone to suggest an Islamic state (not a secular one) where we’d all be better off if we changed our policies to be more like theirs. That seems to me to be the fairest way to show (if anyone can) that we’d be better off in an Islamic theocracy rather than the democracy that we live in now, imperfect as it is!

  3. I’m a bit confused by “in lieu of our protest ” which means ‘instead of our protest’. At first I though you were encouraging people to attend another event, but as you don’t mention another event, I’m not certain what I should be doing. Help!

    1. ‘In lieu’ means ‘in place of’, though it is often taken to mean ‘instead of’.

      I think the message is quite clear. 10th December is International Human Rights Day. Rather than (in place of) organising a parallel protest against sex discrimination on a different day, Maryam has suggested supporting the protest today at Woburn House. As well as this, one can get involved with Sex Apartheid Busters, through Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation.

      As Maryam wasn’t born in Britain, I’m guessing that English isn’t her first language. Despite this I think her English is extremely good… indeed, better than that of many British people. Anyway, I’m happy to have been of help with your confusion.

  4. I’m UK/US citizen and haven’t lived in the UK for 30 years. Went to uni (in London) around 1970.
    When I read stuff like this and your other posts on this (and similar) subjects, I wonder what the hell has happened to the country.
    If I had a ‘spirit’ I would be there in it.
    I did sign the petition.

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