Parliament member Bijan Nobaveh who was speaking in reaction to the usage of the term "gender segregation” for what Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf applied to his offices in separating female employees from males said "Using the term ‘gender separation’ for the really valuable measure in giving women job promotions is a faulty one.”
"I believe that the action has to be called appreciation and respect in creating a suitable atmosphere. Every one goes to her own atmosphere according to her personality,” the lawmaker added.
He further stated "Where women can have an appropriate environment it must be created for them. In a secure atmosphere women will work more peacefully. They will be able to preserve their hijab better. So it is a duty on us to do that.”
"Those who talk about such issues are sure to mean something in particular. Even the Western countries there is no such talk. Respecting gentlemen and ladies in its place is one hundred percent part of the law. It is a pity that some respond to the issue not logically but politically,” Nobaveh stated.
Mayor Qalibaf has recently driven female employees of the Municipality away from their former positions and promoted them to positions where they would be accompanied only by female coworkers. This has called a lot of controversy among different political groups.