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.
Media Resources: CNN 9/3/12; BBC News 9/2/12