|Khadija Khattab (Channel 2)|
The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has given the women who work for the state owned TV and Radio station one monthÂ to lose weightÂ before they can appear on air again with an â€œappropriate appearanceâ€, the Al-Yawm al-Sabi website reports. The ERTU has a female director, Safaa Hegazy, a former state TV anchor herself.
ThisÂ order led toÂ an outcry among the affected presenters and womenâ€™s rights groups in the country.
One of the hosts on Egyptâ€™s Channel 2 station, Khadija Khattab, saidÂ the audience shouldÂ watch her most recent TV appearances and judge for themselves if she is really â€œfatâ€, and whetherÂ her weight should prevent her fromÂ working.
Another presenterÂ complained bitterly thatÂ the situation had upset their families and that this situation of their weight issue should have been dealt with internally.
The Womenâ€™s Centre for Guidance and Legal Awareness condemned the move, saying it â€œviolates the constitutionâ€ and is a form of violence against women. Itâ€™s called on the ERTU to backtrack.