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Moroccan state TV broadcasts makeup advice for women for disguising evidence of domestic violence

The programme was broadcast as a tie-in with the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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A PROGRAMME BROADCAST on Moroccan state television advised women on how to cover up bruising and other evidence of domestic violence using makeup.

The feature was shown during a daily programme called Sabahiyat on the television station 2M, broadcast on 23 November.

It shows a cosmetic artist demonstrating how to cover up the signs of violence on a woman sitting in her makeup chair.

The supposed bruising on the model’s face was also created using makeup.

The segment was broadcast as a tie-in with the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, celebrated on Friday 25 November.

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After a public outcry in Morocco, the station removed the clip from its website on Friday.

The station said in a statement on Facebook that the segment was “completely inappropriate and displays a lack of editorial understanding due to the sensitivity and seriousness of the subject of violence against women”.

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The makeup artist in question, Lilia Mouline, has since said that “in no way are we endorsing (domestic violence)”, reports website Morocco World News.

“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,” Mouline said.

These women have already been subjected to moral humiliation and do not need to also have others looking at them. Makeup allows women to continue to live normally while waiting for justice.

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