The UK Government has announced a £20 million English language tuition fund to combat social isolation for some Muslim women.
Making the announcement, Prime Minister David Cameron said the ‘passive tolerance’ of separate communities must end in order to build a strong society and allow Britain to thrive.
Gender segregation and discrimination and the isolation of some women in society could help lead to a slide towards radicalisation and extremism, the Prime Minister said in an article in the Times.
“All too often, because of what I would call ‘passive tolerance’, people subscribe to the flawed idea of separate development,” Mr Cameron said. “It is time to change our approach. We will never truly build one nation unless we are more assertive about our liberal values, more clear about the expectations we place on those who come to live here and build our country together and more creative and generous in the work we do to break down barriers.”
Mr Cameron sent out a clear message to the minority of Muslim men whose ‘backward attitudes’ exert ‘damaging control’ over women in their families.
“This is Britain. In this country, women and girls are free to choose how they live, how they dress and who they love. It’s our values that make this country what it is, and it’s only by standing up for them assertively that they will endure. In Britain, men are not frightened of women’s success; it is celebrated proudly,” Mr Cameron said.