Saturday, March 14, 2009

Swimming in the Netherlands

In indoor swimming pools is the rule that male swimmers can not wear a T-shirt, or or a swimsuit with pipes over the knee. But the Dutch Equal Treatment Commission has ruled that a council-run swimming pool in the eastern town of Hengelo acted illegally when it banned the wearing of the garment known as a "burkini." The burkini, which leaves only the head, hands and feet of a swimmer uncovered, is worn by Muslim women who adhere to the strictures of their faith regarding dress. The commission said the ban was an unnecessary encroachment on the freedom of religion. Nonsense; this will give 'regular swimmers' an uneasy feeling.

A woman, a day

Jenny already wrote about this yesterday, but it’s worth mentioning here; the independent news site Bianet is tracking the murdering of women in Turkey since March 1 of this year. And guess what? Every day one woman is killed in Turkey, often by relatives. You can see the list here. And if you look after the reasons why they are killed, you only can conclude that there is something deep rooted wrong in the Turkish society. The rapes, harassments, domestic violence etc. are not mentioned.

Day Opening - March 14

"Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1"
by Gustav Klimt.