UK: Better Labour meetings are segregated than men only, says Labour pol Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman has given a partial justification of a gender-segregated Labour election rally, saying it was “better than a men-only meeting” and it would have been “rude” to boycott it.

The Labour Deputy leader said she did not “agree” with a meeting attended by senior Labour figures where Asian men and women were separated along gender lines, but she said it was an attempt to get more women from the Muslim community involved in politics.

It would have been better if the meeting had decided to “sit round in a big circle”, she suggested.

Liam Byrne, Tom Watson, Khalid Mahmood and Jack Dromey, Ms Harman’s husband, attended the rally in the Hodge Hill district of Birmingham.

Photographs posted on Twitter by Sion Simon, a Labour MEP who attended, showed men and women sat either side of the aisle.

“We don’t agree with sex segregation. We didn’t agree with it in higher education, and we don’t agree with it in politics either,” she told LBC Radio.

“This meeting was organised by a male Labour councillor and a female Labour councillor, and what they were trying to do is ensure there weren’t men only meetings, which we are even more not in favour of it…

  • pop

    A little bit of segregation is like a little bit of pedophilic activity.

    Elephant in the room politics..
    Labor are hypocrits and don’t deserve freedom.

  • Martin B

    “Clitorectomies are better than honour killings”

    That’s what’s coming next from Ms Harman.

  • k1992

    “We don’t agree with sex segregation. We didn’t agree with it in higher education, and we don’t agree with it in politics either.”
    But we’ll go along with it to get their votes. Actually, we’ll do *anything* for a vote … look, watch me stand on one foot and put the other directly in my mouth – I know, amazing, isn’t it? (Actually, the truly amazing thing is that you morons will vote for us.)

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Britain is lost.

  • Joy Freiheit

    While it was “sex segregation”, I am pleased to see that women had seats from front to back of the auditorium, just as the men did. The cases in which women’s ability to participate is hampered by being allowed only at the back of an auditorium, or kept behind a curtain or screen, are more problematic. At the event, were women taking part, as freely as the men? Did they have their questions heard and answered? IMO, these are more important questions.

    • mobuyus

      Were they beaten by there husbands when they got home for wanting to participate?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    “Men only meetings?” Why not women only meetings? They are the ones who are oppressed by sharia.