Cameron said it was time to confront a minority of Muslim men with “backward attitudes” who exercised “damaging control” over women in their families
Prime Minister David Cameron will allocate £20 million language fund to help the 22% of Muslim women who have little or no English.
Mr Cameron said the moves could help combat radicalisation and extremism.
“More assertive” action is needed to tackle discrimination against Muslim women and their segregation in some UK communities,” Cameron said in an article in The Times.
He said it was time to confront a minority of Muslim men with “backward attitudes” who exercised “damaging control” over women in their families.
Writing in the Times, Mr Cameron said the lack of integration within British society of some Muslim communities had helped to foster extremism and allow “appalling practices” such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
“Last week, I chaired a meeting of a group of brilliant Muslim women role models. And while I heard great examples of so many women who are flourishing in our country, some painted an alarming picture of forced gender segregation, discrimination and social isolation from mainstream British life,” he said.
Mr Cameron said it was time to be “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”.
“This is Britain. In this country, women and girls are free to choose how they live,” he said.
The lessons will take place in homes, schools and community facilities, with travel and childcare costs – described as “some of the greatest barriers to participation” – being covered. An existing scheme is said to have helped more than 30,000 adults.
In the article, Mr Cameron said it was the responsibility of migrants to improve their English language skills if they wanted to extend their stay in the UK or seek citizenship.