The Launch of a new TV Channel run solely by veiled women

The Launch of Maria TV Channel run solely by veiled women

By Iqbal Tamimi

The administration arm of ‘Alummah’ channel is getting ready
for the launch of “Maria” satellite channel in the Arab region. Its pilot broadcasts
will start towards the end of this month, where all the staff including the broadcasters
will be veiled women.  No men or
non-veiled women will be employed says Sheikha Safaa , the manager of the
channel.

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Even though these employment plans might be considered
sexist, Sheikha Safaa seems to think otherwise. She has made it quite clear
that the objectives of launching this channel is to offer veiled women the
chance to appear on the screens and to empower other veiled women by activating
their roles. She claims veiled women suffer marginalization.

Sheikha Safaa explained that the staff of the satellite
channel will be all women, and men are not going to interfere in its general
policies or programs quality. Even the owner of the channel will have only a
consultative role based on his experience and skills in the field of media, she
said.

 “The affairs of the
channel will be handled by the sisters who will be running the television
channel, since women are more qualified to address and talk about their own needs”.
She addedSheikh Abu Islam Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah, the owner of the

Sheikh Abu Islam Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah, the owner of the “Al
Ummah” channel and the new “Maria” Channel, said in a statement that
“God willing, the channel will employ Muslim women graduates of various departments
of media collages and institutions. This project aims at protecting women from
temptations by finding them suitable work opportunities .”

Sheikh Abdullah explained: “We plan on hiring all our staff
of veiled women and finish that within three months. We have already hired women,
filming professionals from other television channels to train our all women
team on production, filming, and other skills. But for the technical skills we
have to rely on men because we were not able to find skilled women in this
field yet”.

Abu Islam confirmed that the pilot will start with a
broadcast of 6 hours through ‘Al Ummah’ channel, until the time of actual
broadcast. He also made it clear that this channel will not host guests who are
men or unveiled women, but telephone interventions from both will be permitted.

He predicted that “Maria” Channel will attract
high viewership and advertising revenues that will cover the running cost of the
channel” he said.

He explained that “Maria” Channel will broadcast
all that matters to women, including economy, politics, literature, morality
and religion, and he noted that they will begin airing next month.

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