Västerås City Council voted yesterday for a ban on banning sex offenders in the public baths in the municipality. Thus, the municipality of Västerås can continue segregating the bath houses by gender.
On Thursday, Västerås City Council voted for a motion to ban sex-offenders bathing in the public baths in the municipality.
It was the Roger Haddad of Liberals who had put the motion.
He believes that separate bathing times are contrary to the municipality’s own gender equality policy goals.
“For several years, Västerås municipal bath has applied gender-divided bathing times, a direct failure when it comes to gender equality and integration,” said Roger Haddad in a statement on the Liberals website.
“We can not accept that Västerås city refers women to separate rooms, thus removing her right to stay in public areas on the same terms as men. This is particularly unacceptable when referring to religious and cultural reasons.
But the Social Democrats Maria Kesselring did not agree, writes P4 Västmanland. She believes that the gender-segregation bathing times are in line with gender equality.
The majority therefore voted for rejection of the motion, which means that the municipality’s bathhouse can continue to segregate bathers by gender.
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