TV Presenters Win Landmark Ruling Allowing Headscarves

July 6, 2005

Source: BBC News

On July 6, 2005 BBC News reported, "Three women TV presenters in Egypt have won a landmark ruling that allows them to wear Muslim headscarves on air. The presenters complained they had been discriminated against because the state broadcaster banned their wearing them. Officials argued the presenters had not worn headscarves when recruited and changing their appearance contravened the terms of their employment. But the court said that the ban violated the women's constitutional rights. The government may appeal. Although the vast majority of television presenters in Egypt do not wear headscarves, Egyptian women have increasingly adopted Islamic dress codes since the 1980s."