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Egyptian TV station orders staff to lose weight or lose their jobs

Egyptian TV station orders staff to lose weight or lose their jobs

A TV station in Egypt has reportedly asked overweight members of its staff, to either shed some weight or forfeit their jobs.

While some people have no problems about people being 'overweight', some people are about to lose their jobs over it.

According to reports, some TV presenters have been asked by their union to either drop some fat off their bodies, or stand the risk of losing their jobs.

Egyptian TV station orders staff to lose weight or lose their jobs

The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) reportedly asked its members who worked at their national radio and TV stations, to achieve an 'appropriate appearance' in one month, if they hoped to continue hosting their shows.

A massive outcry from the workers led women rights groups in the country to champion the cause and try to put a stop to it. They said it's a violation of the constitution and it's some sort of discrimination against women.

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Some of the presenters expressed their disappointment over why their 'weight issues' should have been discussed with them first, before being made public.

A presenter on Egypt's Channel 2 station, Khadija Khattab, reportedly asked her audience to judge her size and decide if her weight should cost her her job.

An Academician, Waheed Abdul Majid, asked the channel to spend more time improving on their content, instead of focusing on their presenters' appearances.

The ERTU has stuck to its decision, despite all the protests, and has reportedly suspended eight female presenters pending the completion of their weight loss programme. They however promised to pay their benefits and salaries during their suspension period.

Hmmmm...What do you think?

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