Morocco State TV Apologises For Showing Women How To Hide Domestic Violence With Make-up

violence-cover-up-large_transqvzuuqpflyliwib6ntmjwfsvwez_ven7c6bhu2jjnt8Moroccan state television channel has apologised after airing a tutorial giving women tips to “camouflage traces of violence.”
The Telegraph report below…
The offending segment, broadcast on Channel 2M’s show Sabahiyat on Wednesday, featured make-up artist Lilia Mouline demonstrating how to conceal traces of domestic violence on a woman whose face was made to look bruised.
“Make sure to use loose powder to fix the makeup, so if you have to work throughout the day, the bruises don’t show,” the host said at the end of the segment, before recommending the best beauty products for heavy coverage foundations and concealers.
The program, which was aired two day before International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, immediately sparked outrage around the country, with a petition calling for the High Authority of Audiovisual Communication (HACA) to take action against 2M receiving hundreds of signatures.
“Do not cover domestic violence with makeup, condemn the aggressor!” the petition read.
“No woman should ever have to live through domestic violence, let alone consider covering up its traces. Shame on you 2M,” one petition supporter said.
The channel has since removed the clip from its website and apologised for the “error in judgement in view of the sensitivity and the gravity of the subject of violence against women,” it said in a statement released on Friday.
M2 also said it would “take the necessary steps towards the people responsible for this error and to strengthen the tools of control and supervision on this subject” and highlighted its “commitment for 27 years to the defense of women’s rights”.
Morocco has no domestic violence law and violence against women is widespread, Human Rights Watch said in a dispatch .
Human Rights Watch reported on Morocco’s weak response to preventing domestic violence, protecting survivors who seek help, and prosecuting abusers. They interviewed 20 women and girl survivors of domestic violence who said that their husbands, partners, and other family members punched, kicked, burned, stabbed, and raped them.
The Moroccan government has drafted a law on violence against women, but it has been pending with the government since 2013, Human Rights Watch reported in March, adding that, “While the draft has good elements, it lacks a strong definition of domestic violence and does not criminalise marital rape.”


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