A group of Turkish swimmers based in the southern town of Antalya have this week joined together to protest the city’s new female-only beach.
The group of mixed-gender swimmers swam together in defiance of new local authority legislation that makes it illegal for men and women to mix on some parts of the towns coastline.
The new laws, that came into action earlier this month, were brought forward by authorities in what they described as positive discrimination for women. The protesters however see it as an attempt to isolate women from society under the false pretence of protection.
Although the protests saw much support from locals to the town some saw the actions as misinformed. One of the leader factors for the opening of the female-only beach was an attempt to reduce the number of incidences of sexual abuse and violence towards women, something that the protesters have been accused of overlooking.