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Women Furious Over Portrayal in Ramadan Series, National Council Reacts

1 June, 2017
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The Egyptian public is furious over the way women are being portrayed in some of this year’s top Ramadan TV series (also known as Mosalsalat). As a response, the National Council for Women has formed a committee to monitor how women are portrayed on television screens this Ramadan.

The committee will monitor and draft a content analysis for all Ramadan TV series and will issue a semi-monthly report on how women’s issues were addressed, whether in a positive or negative way. At the end of the month, the report will be submitted to the Supreme Council of Media.

Actress Ghada Abdel Razek’s Ard Gaw (Air – Earth), in which she plays the part of a flight attendant, sparked anger when it aired on television, and incited the General Union of Egyptian Flight Attendants to issue a press release denouncing the series on the grounds that the content of the show discredits the nature of the job.

The statement assured that their objection is not over any production technicalities, but over the ignorance of producers regarding the details of a flight attendant’s job. The statement called on EgyptAir flight attendants to “rise above this ignorance and ignore watching such degrading shows. The show also did not consider the feelings of those who work in this job, and who are always putting their lives in danger.”

The observatory will monitor all Ramadan TV series to combat the negative images of women depicted on television, and will be headed by Suzanne Al-Qilaini, the dean of the Faculty of Arts at Ain Shams University and head of the Media Committee at the National Council of Women.

Al-Qilaini confirmed that a full team was formed to monitor all Ramadan TV series, in collaboration with 60 volunteer students from the Faculty of Information at Ain Shams University. She pointed out that the committee also monitors all advertisements on a daily basis for any inappropriate content.

On a more positive note, the observatory will choose at the end of the month the series that does the best job at reflecting the true image of Egyptian women. 

Tags Ramadan TV series women National Council of Women Ghada Abdel Razek