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.
“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.
“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,”Mouline told Yabiladi, a news website. “Makeup allows women to continue to live normally while waiting for justice.”
The idea that the show was reflecting the gravity of the situation, as opposed to justifying hitting women has independent support.
A survey conducted by the country’s leading women’s groups last year claimed that 62 percent of the country’s women had been subjected to gender violence, with more than half of those continuing to live in abusive relationships.
Meanwhile, the Global Gender Gap report by the World Economic Forum, which measures the differences between men’s and women’s health, education, economic opportunities and political involvement worldwide placed Morocco 137th out of 144 countries.