In stark contrast to women in the West, Moroccan women did not get the right to divorce their husbands, to child custody, to child support or to own and inherit property until 2004.
Moroccan state TV has aired a makeup tutorial to show physically abused women how to hide the evidence of domestic violence.Some feel that the how-to guide normalises the assault of wives in the African country and teaches women the message to cover it up rather than to do something to stop it.
Morocco is a constitutional monarchy and its predominant religion is Islam. It’s laws reflect the values and culture of Islam so it is not a safe place for gays and it is still a restrictive place for women though it has made some improvements.
Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Morocco and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 dirhams.
State TV in Morocco has come under fire for airing a makeup tutorial aimed at teaching domestic violence victims how to hide their bruises.”We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life,” the host said during the tutorial.
…According to Morocco World News, the makeup artist who participated in the segment said they were “in no way” condoning domestic violence.
“We are here to provide solutions to these women who, for a period of two to three weeks, are putting their social life aside while their wounds heal. These women have already been subjected to moral humiliation and do not need to also have others looking at them,” she said.
“Makeup allows women to continue to live normally while waiting for justice.”
The channel posted an apology on social media, admitting that the segment was “completely inappropriate”, after viewers started an online petition demanding that the country’s broadcasting watchdog take action against the network.
…”It’s shameful to validate such a subject, especially that the show is made by the woman and the woman in order to contribute to the emancipation of the Moroccan woman. I am revolted and outraged,” one of the viewers commented.
The segment originally aired on 23 November, two days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
I can’t help but think about the Niqab and Burqa and how useful they must be for covering up all signs of domestic abuse.
Three years ago in Auckland, a Muslim girl’s facial injuries were hidden behind a burqa.
A teenage girl police believe was beaten at home was forced to hide her facial injuries behind a burqa, while members of the Muslim community are alleged to have hushed up the abuse.
Her injuries included a broken nose, damaged teeth and extensive bruising. Police claim the 15-year-old was subjected to sustained physical abuse from at least one family member over two or more months.
The abuse was known to some Muslims in the Auckland region, who chose not to report it, they claim.
“The case was brought to police attention when a school friend of the girl was made aware of the abuse and was able to borrow a cellphone from another child at a neighbouring school to call 111,” child protection officer Detective Sarah Boniface said. “The girl was not able to get access to a phone herself.”
She was kept home from school after sustaining the facial injuries, police say.
When officers visited her home, the girl was allegedly instructed by family members to cover up with a burqa that left only her eyes exposed – a covering the girl told police she would not usually wear. At school, she wore a head scarf…