A Moroccan television segment that aired on a state channel became the subject of intense criticism.
The segment, which showed how women can cover up bruises sustained from domestic violence, was aired on Channel 2M.
Makeup artist teaches victims of domestic women how to cover up bruises
As reported by CNN International, the artist who featured in the segment said, “It’s a painful as sorrowful topic, but on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we will show you the makeup [to cover the signs] of beatings.”
“It is a topic we lack the courage to discuss.”
The show aired two days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The segment quickly received criticism from a number of people. A Change.org petition was issued by a group called Concerned Moroccan Citizens. More than 2,500 people showed support for the petition that called for the government to reprimand the channel.
Outrage over segment showing women how to conceal injuries using makeup
“Do not cover domestic violence with makeup, condemn the aggressor,” the petition said.
“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 the show.
The show’s website has already removed the clip. But footage is still being shared on Twitter and YouTube.
In a statement, Channel 2M apologized for its “error of judgement.”
Editor’s Note: Follow this link if you’re interested to sign the Change.org petition.