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All women in Berlin will soon be able to swim topless in public pools.

This was announced by the Berlin state government on Thursday. According to the new rules, everyone will be allowed to swim without covering their torsos.

This follows a complaint by a woman who was not allowed to swim topless at a swimming pool in the German capital.

AP News reports that the woman, whose identity was not revealed, had turned to the senate’s ombudsperson’s office for equal treatment to demand that women, like men, can swim topless, the Berlin senate for justice, diversity and anti-discrimination said in a written statement.

Before the new rules, women who went topless at the city’s public swimming pools were asked to cover themselves up or they had to leave the pool while often not being allowed to return.

At this stage, it’s unclear when the new rules will be implemented.

Image credit: Le Monde

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