BTW, Paulina, in that Daily Mail article you cited, are you sure the meeting had segregation or did the women prefer to sit together by custom?
Not sure which article you mean - I didn't quote Daily Mail. You mean that link at townhall.com? I think that in that case it's very possible that the segregation was "natural" - the women simply stood behind the men as they probably usually do at some gatherings. I can imagine they are taught since they're little to "know their place" and it probably comes natural to them, I don't know...
As for that event described at metro.co.uk they could be told were to sit, I think, but in reality I have no idea - I wasn't there :)
to see Britain have the same law as France, forcing women to remove their niqabs. And we certainly can't tell people who they should or shouldn't sit next to.
I think they could feel uncomfortable if they were forced to sit next to men. Although I don't know, I guess we should ask them :)
It's a bit like with those two boys that didn't want to shake hands with their female teacher (in Germany? or Netherlands? I don't remember). Should they be forced to do this, considering they aren't allowed to touch women outside of their family? After all, I guess, in their minds, they were showing their respect towards the teacher in this way. I'd prefer this over being a sex toy in the "game" of taharrush, obviously.
What p1sses me off, though, is that those women are standing at the back. Why not in front of men, huh? Or at least next to them in a separate group. A-holes - those men...