The Aarhus City Council on Wednesday night voted overwhelmingly to scrap a nearly ten-year old gender-separated weekly programme at a public swimming hall.

The Gellerupbadet swimming hall in Denmark's second largest city has offered a few hours of female-only swimming every Saturday for nearly ten years. The programme is primarily used by Muslim women from Gellerupparken, a housing estate where four out of five are from immigrant homes.

The council voted 26-5 to end the programme.

National government party Venstre was behind the move, saying that gender-separated swimming has no place in Denmark.

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