Burkini wearing woman refused access to hotel pool

Burkini (file image)

A Canadian woman who works for an NGO and is a UN rapporteur says she was kicked out of the swimming pool at the Hilton Hotel in Geneva for wearing a burkini.

She told the Tribune de Genève that she was just about to get into the pool when a security guard told her leave. 

She says she then spoke to a manager who confirmed the guard’s decision.

Wearing a burkini in a pool in Geneva is allowed – that was confirmed by a vote in the City Council in February. 

The woman says she was in a position that two men decided what she was allowed to wear – she described it as colonial sexism. 

She decided to check out of the hotel and go somewhere else. 

The Hilton is refusing to comment. 

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