Egypt’s new TV channel featuring only niqab-wearing women to kick off in Ramadan
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The first Egyptian satellite channel completely managed by women wearing the ‘niqab’ (full face veil) will be launched on July 20, which will mark with the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, an Egyptian daily reported on Thursday.
All workers in the new channel – named Maria – as well as the guests to be hosted in its programs will all be women wearing the ‘niqab’, according to Safaa al-Refaie, who is in charge of the channel.
“Niqab is a red line that cannot be crossed,” Refaie was quoted as saying by Egypt’s state-run al-Ahram daily. She refused to reveal the source of the channel’s funding.
Maria is the name of one of Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) wives, who was an Egyptian Copt. Most of the new channel’s programs will focus on religion and marital life.