In August 2012 thirty six Iranian universities announced that almost 80 of their courses will now be offered only to men. Women will be banned from entry to courses that include English literature, English translation, hotel management, archaeology, nuclear physics, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and business management.
Exiled human rights campaigner and Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi wrote an open letter to the United Nations dated Aug. 17, 2012, demanding the UN investigate what she refers to as officially sanctioned discrimination.
(Source: Telegraph Media Group, UK – Anger as Iran bans women from universities)
Should gender be one of the factors that qualifies, (or disqualifies), someone from entry to education? Do Governments have the right to make such decisions? What do you think?