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Men banned from art exhibition

An exhibition at the Dowse Art Museum in New Zealand, featuring Muslim women getting ready for a wedding without wearing hijabs or veils, will only be open to female visitors, at the request of the artist, Qatari writer and film-maker Sophia Al-Maria. But the New Zealand Human Rights Commission has warned that excluding men from the art exhibition could potentially constitute sexual discrimination.

Meanwhile, back in the UK, the Only Women, Women Only art exhibition which forms part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, only admitted female visitors for most of August, although it’s now letting in men. According to the curator, Sarah Wilson, the women only policy was “kind of an experiment – it’s a two-month exhibition and the first month has been solely for women – men are not allowed in.

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