Thursday, 18 August 2016

This Isn’t Fair At All! Egyptian TV Station Suspends All FAT Female Presenters (Orders Them To Lose Weight Before Coming Back On Air)

Egypt's state broadcaster has suspended eight of its female TV presenters and told them to go on a diet, sparking uproar among women's rights groups. The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has given the women one month to slim down before they can appear on air again with an "appropriate appearance", the Al-Yawm al-Sabi website reports.

The announcement prompted an outcry among the affected presenters. Khadija Khattab, a host on Egypt's Channel 2, told the paper that she wants people to watch her most recent TV appearances and judge for themselves if she is really "fat", and whether she deserves to be prevented from working.
Another presenter said the situation had upset their families and should have been dealt with internally. The Women's Centre for Guidance and Legal Awareness condemned the move, saying it "violates the constitution" and is a form of violence against women. It's called on the ERTU to backtrack.

Despite the criticism, ERTU says its decision won't be reversed, but that the women won't have their pay and benefits cut.

[Source: BBC]

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