Morocco Domestic Violence
01 Dec 2016 23:52 #11131
A Moroccan television show aired an episode in which women were being taught how to hide bruises and marks from domestic violence with makeup. The makeup artist was quoted saying, "It's a painful and 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."(Sirgany) Activists are upset because they feel as though the episode normalized domestic violence and even signed a petition demanding "punitive measures" against the show. The television network apologized for and removed the episode. The article goes on to explain that domestic violence is not a crime in Morocco and in 2009, a study concluded that 2/3 of Moroccan women faced physical, sexual, economic, or psychological violence.
This was a disturbing video to watch because rather than condemn the practice of domestic violence and use that platform to bring awareness to the issue, they hired a make up artist to teach victims to hide the bruises and go about their normal day. At first when I saw the article, I was unsure what to make of the video. Was it supposed to be a message to spread awareness to the issue of domestic violence or excuse the behavior and simply help women cover the evidence? While the makeup artist said that domestic violence is horrible act, I think the video and idea was ridiculous. The statistics are appalling and we need to do more to condemn this practice and the people that are violent rather than just put a band-aid on the issue. This seems to be a common theme in many countries, not just Morocco. We teach victims to cover up the violence and go about their lives as if it is not a horrible thing to happen while many of the abusers get away with their actions.