After a TV show in Morocco aired a makeup tutorial to teach women’s victims of domestic violence how to hide marks of beating, Mary Zilney, CEO at Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region says the video is a clear example of a lack of progression.
“How does covering bruises help an abused woman get on with her life? Inside this woman is falling apart. Does the host think this was the first time she experienced violence? She has no idea of how complex the issues are,” said Mary Zilney.
During the show on November 23, the makeup artist and host Lilia Mouline said she hopes women will use those “beauty tips” to “carry on” with their lives.
“The victim is living her life walking on eggshells, trying to “avoid” the next beating and deems herself responsible for triggering him (abuser),” said the CEO.
The Moroccan state television Channel 2M has apologized for the “error in judgment”, and it removed the clip from its website.
According to National Coalition against Domestic Violence, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in the U.S., while according to Canadian’s Women Foundation, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every six days.
While November is the Domestic Violence Awareness Month, for Mary Zilney it is vital to break the intergenerational cycle of abuse.
“It’s critical to include that children be taught to respect one another in their school’s curricula. Besides, domestic violence is still not an issue that people are comfortable talking about because they don’t want to be associated with abuse”, explained Zilney.
With almost 40 years of empowering and supporting women and children to move beyond violence, Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region had an increase of 7% of women seeking help in their agency compared to the fiscal year prior.
“It is a community responsibility. Just like drinking and driving, we need to speak up and say, ‘We are not going to tolerate this any longer because no one deserves to be a victim of abuse.’ We need to blend together to the break the cycle,” Mary Zilney concluded.