The point of this kind of segregation. It has nothing to do with equality in Judaism and halakha. Anyone who has had a MINIMAL jewish education would tell u that. I am not sure if you are jewish or not, but for your information, an observant jew should not touch or be too close to a woman other than his wife, so that he is not tempted in any way. it goes the same in synagogues.
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