In Egypt, where some 80 per cent of women wear a hijab as a bare minimum, there is growing concern at the lack of privacy afforded those who wish to swim in the sea.
This is now changing thanks to the opening up of beach areas specifically segregated for women only. Four years ago the first of the women only beach clubs – called Yashmak – opened up and others quickly followed. The latest, La Femme, has made its appearance in the upmarket
The protection even stretches out into the sea and guards not only watch all possible entrances to this private beach, but even search all bags brought in for hidden cameras that might be used for taking illicit pictures.
And yet it wasn’t that long ago that
Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the women-only beaches are not popular with everyone – especially some of the more conservative men, who regard them as just another form of decadence.
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