CAIRO - 14 October 2017: The Egyptian TV Broadcaster Manal Agha appeared on TV with Fake bruises all over her face in an attempt to protest against domestic violence.
Agha started to talk about her experience against domestic violence, and according to Al-Arabiya she said on her TV show that “marriage is based on affection and compassion, not humiliation, beating and lack of self-restraint.”
She added that she decided to stand up to domestic violence to encourage other women suffering from it to protect themselves.
Agha is trying to raise awareness among women that it is not right to experience domestic violence and that they should not be ashamed to share their experiences as it is not their fault in the first place.
According to a USAID survey in 2009, over 60 percent of married women in Egypt experience domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a top priority problem in Egypt and Arab countries. Mehrinaz al-awady, the deputy director of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), stated to the Middle East Eye that “Many countries in the Arab region still see violence against women and deal with it as a private issue and not a public issue.”