The University of Kansas has created a women’s-only lunchroom especially for Muslim students who wear the hijab, or the more extreme face-covering garb such as the burqa and the nijab.   It was the brainchild of Muslim Student Association leaders who said Muslim women needed a “safe space” on campus to eat their lunches. After all, it’s not easy to eat while wearing the burqa or nijab, traditional Islamic veils that cover the mouth.

“It is mainly used by Muslim women because it allows them a space to remove [their] hijabs and eat,” Abdoulie Njai, the KU Student Senate director of diversity and inclusion, told the College Fix. The room, open on weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the public university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, is available to all female students — but in particular it allows female Muslim students to eat in a segregated, private area. READ MORE