Egypt Lifts Ban on Veiled Women TV Anchors

For the first time since the 1960’s, a woman wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf known as a hijab, presented the news on an Egyptian state TV channel. Fatima Nabil appeared on Sunday to give the mid-day news bulletin. After her segment, Nabil told reporters “At last the revolution has reached state television.”

Under former President Mubarak’s regime, women were not allowed to wear a hijab on camera and either needed to remove their traditional covering or take a job behind the camera. Despite multiple lawsuits, the government ignored court rulings demanding the removal of the ban against veiled women appearing on state television.

As a result of the change, more women are expected to present news and weather updates in the country.


CNN 9/3/12; BBC News 9/2/12

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