Women seemed segregated from men at a rally in Manchester, addressed by London’s first Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan. Mr. Khan was photographed addressing the crowd with men noticeably at the front and women at the back.
The rally took place in the Northern City of Manchester, which is home to a large Pakistani Muslim population. Though there is no suggestion they were forcibly segregated, but the Mayor did not intervene to prevent the women standing at the back.
The rally was part of the ‘Stronger In’ Battlebus tour, currently traveling around the country encouraging voters to support British membership of the EU at next weeks referendum.
In an effort to bolster the ailing Remain campaign, newly elected London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has gone on a road trip across the country to try and boost support for remaining in the European Union (EU).
It is not uncommon for women and men to be separated in Mosques but this incident will be seen as significant after Mr. Khan received criticism for banning an advert earlier this week. The advert depicted a woman in a bikini, something that is banned under Sharia Law.
Khan claimed the reason for the ban was that it served to “which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies.”
The Mayor has also ordered an audit of all adverts on the London Transport network in order to root out anything deemed to promote “unhealthy or unrealistic body images.”
It is not clear whether the ban will only include those wearing clothes he deems inappropriate or whether it will be extended to include anything else that promotes unhealthy lifestyles such as fast food restaurants.
Khan is a firm opponent of Donald Trump and has attacked him on a number of occasions. He also accused the British Conservatives of using “Donald Trump playbook” to try and divide communities in order to prevent his election.