Wednesday, March 2, 2016

“For Idil Hassan, a 34-year-old nurse in Toronto, a...

"For Idil Hassan, a 34-year-old nurse in Toronto, a neighborhood aquatic center has become more than the place where her daughter will learn to swim. On Saturday evenings, mechanized screens shroud the center's glass walls to provide a session that allows only women and girls to relax in the hot tub, swim laps or careen down the water slide. "I wouldn't come before because my religion doesn't allow women to be seen uncovered by men," said Idil, a Somali immigrant. "It's really helpful to have that day to be ourselves." Idil lives in Regent Park, a neighborhood once known for its drug-fueled gang violence. But now, at a time when concerns about income inequality and immigration are growing in the West, a rejuvenation plan is disrupting entrenched notions of class, race and religion. Visit the link in our profile to read more and to see more photos by the photographer @ianwillms." By nytimes on Instagram.

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