The billboard with a young woman being pointed at, which asks: Are you a spinster?
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“Are you a spinster?!” The billboards appeared alongside fundamental roads in Cairo over the previous week

An Egyptian firm’s try and sort out gender stereotypes has backfired after its newest promoting marketing campaign was accused of reinforcing unfavourable attitudes in direction of ladies.

“Are you a spinster?!” reads one billboard selling Sunny cooking oil, alongside an image of a younger girl wanting down in resignation whereas a number of fingers level at her from the again. Different billboards within the marketing campaign use Egyptian proverbs, together with one that claims: “Break a woman’s rib and she is going to develop 24 extra.”

In a a lot smaller font, the adverts encourage ladies to share their opinions on the stereotypes by means of the corporate’s Fb web page. The advertising company behind it advised Egypt’s Dream TV that the thought was to create new, constructive slogans impressed by ladies’s personal tales.

However the marketing campaign’s method was swiftly criticised. “These are the sort of phrases we need to erase from our dictionary,” mentioned TV anchor Lamis al-Hadidi, including that the wording was unacceptable at the same time as a shock tactic to attract consideration to a constructive message. There was the same response on social media, the place many customers felt the billboards would merely reinforce sexist concepts.

The pinnacle of the Egyptian Centre for Girls’s Rights mentioned the corporate ought to have sought professional recommendation on convey its message. “Social change has particular mechanisms,” Nihad Abo al-Qomsan advised Dream TV. “You can not change a psychological picture by spreading it on billboards.”

Egypt’s Shopper Safety Company has now intervened on authorized grounds and the billboards are within the strategy of being eliminated, in accordance with the Mada Masr news website. Company head Atef Yaacoub mentioned the adverts violated the regulation on inciting hatred towards ladies and had been “utterly demeaning and offensive”.

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