The last four years in the lives of TV presenters Hala El Malki and Ghada El Tawil have been a continual struggle brought about by their employer’s refusal to implement two court decisions. It all began when the two presenters decided to wear the hijab head covering worn by many Muslim women. Their employers objected and said they would be excluded from wearing on any state-run TV station with the hijab. The two women went to court and won their case, but the state TV stations refuse to back down on their refusal to allow the hijab.
Ghada El Tawil told BBC: “We will go as far as we have to, it is our right to ear the veil.” She noted that about 75%of women in Egypt wear the hijab. Human rights groups have backed the women although many Egyptians don’t agree. “I don’t like a presenter with a veil. Actually, I hate to see my society going in this direction. It is not Egypt, it is not my country, it is not my Egypt,” a Cairo resident told a reporter.
It is estimated that during the past four years about 30 female anchors working on state TV have opted for the veil and lost their jobs.
Information from the Egypt Daily News
It is difficult for Americans to grasp the emotional feelings underlying wearing of the hijab within Muslim nations in which there is a struggle between religious and secular groups. Twenty or thirty years ago most Egyptian women did not wear the hijab, but turmoil in the Middle East has strengthened religious forces. The war in Iraq has done more to strengthen conservatives in the Muslim world than any other action. Ironically, George Bush has done more to empower conservative religious fanatics than anyone in modern time.
P.S. I doubt if Fox News will report the truth about George Bush’s contributions to violence and terrorism in the world.