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Morocco: TV show giving Muslim women tips on hiding violent bruises provokes outrage

Sunday, November 27, 2016 21:02
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Why the outrage? Wife beating is sanctioned in the Quran. Respect it!~

“Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

Moroccan TV show giving women tips on hiding domestic violence bruises provokes outrage

RT, 27 Nov, 2016 21:37

A daytime show on Moroccan television has sparked an online petition after staging a detailed live tutorial that showed women at home how to cover up facial bruises from domestic violence. According to international statistics, Morocco is home to some of the world’s most disempowered women.

Sabihayat is a studio lifestyle on the popular majority state-owned 2M channel that airs a regular makeup segment, but the one that appeared on November 23 was unusual, despite presenters maintaining their usual chirpy tone.

In the chair sat a woman who bore lurid purple “bruises” on her face. Over the next six minutes, the victim was covered up with foundation and powder brushes, until it was completely invisible.

The controversial segment could have passed into oblivion if the channel had not decided to post it onto its social media feed, where it immediately went viral, sparking indignant shares, and a petition on Change.org that has been signed by more than 1,500 people.

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“As Moroccan women and as feminist activists in Morocco, and in the name of all Moroccan people, we denounce the message of normalization with violence against women. We demand severe sanctions against this show, ‘Sabahiyat’, and the channel 2M,” said the authors of the petition, who noted that the program was broadcast just two days before Friday’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. “Do not cover domestic violence with makeup, condemn the aggressor!”

2M soon deleted the original video, instead issuing an apology through Facebook.

“Management believes that this segment is completely inappropriate and displays a lack of editorial understanding due to the sensitivity and seriousness of the subject of violence against women,” said the statement from the Casablanca-based station. “This approach is in total contradiction with the editorial identity of the channel and the commitment of 2M for 27 years in favor of the defense of women’s rights.”

But the woman who did the make-up, Lilia Mouline, says that rather than “normalizing” domestic violence – which she “in no way condones” – she was merely providing realistic advice.

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