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article imageUniversity short skirt ban sparks leg selfie protest in Algeria

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     May 20, 2015 in Lifestyle
Hundreds of Leg selfies are flooding social media in Algeria after a student was banned from her exam for wearing a skirt which came above her knees.
The unnamed woman was denied access to take her exam at the Law Faculty of Algiers on 9th of May because her skirt ended above her knees. The faculty believed her skirt violated the dress code, which required that students wear “decent outfits," so she failed the test.
Angered by the decision, Algerian filmmaker Sophia Jama has created a Facebook page titled ' Ma dignité n’est pas dans la longueur de ma jupe ' which roughly translates to ‘My dignity is not in the length of my skirt’ in English, where hundreds of men and women are posting pictures of their bare legs in protest.
Sophia Jama said she was pleasantly surprised at the response she received for her campaign:
Setting up this Facebook page was like a reflex for me.What happened to the young girl is very tough. She was humiliated, and I didn’t want her to feel alone. It’s also a way of supporting those women who have already had similar experiences, because it’s a frequent problem in Algeria. Cases like this one aren't unique to Algeria, rather that it's representative of the infringement upon women's rights worldwide.
However, Mohamed Tahar Hadjar, the dean of the university of Algiers’ Faculty of Law stood by the decision.
The dress code doesn't require wearing a hijab or chador. Wearing a short skirt is not authorized inside the university. It’s their job to uphold the rules of the faculty, it requires a decent outfit, for both girls and boys.
Few months ago, men in Turkey posted selfies wearing miniskirts to protest violence against women.
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