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Monday, 26 September 2022 09:48 GMT

Iraqi actress charges Economist to protect Arab women rights

(MENAFN) An Iraqi actress, whose image was used by The Economist to illustrate an article on obesity in the Arab world, censured violations of Arab women rights by the West.

Enas Taleb, aged 42, has charged the British weekly newspaper for violating her privacy after using her picture without authorization in an article regarding why women are “fatter” than men in the Arab world.

“The magazine has insulted all Arab women after using my picture in an article about obesity and overweight in the Arab world,” Taleb informed Anadolu Agency in a meeting.

"I’m against valuing a woman based on the shape of her body,” she added.

Taleb, a talk-show host, stated she has taken legal action against the British weekly newspaper for using a picture of her taken nine months ago at the Babylon International Festival in Iraq in the article.

"I felt offended when I saw my picture in the article. The magazine has used my photo in an offensive context,” she went on. “I’m an artist and have my social status. The newspaper did not respect my status among fans.”

There was no remark from The Economist on the actress’ declarations.

Taleb also stated she sued the British newspaper for protecting the rights of the Iraqi and Arab women.

“How would a girl feel when she goes, for example, to school or workplace and hears any (offensive) comments about her body,” she questioned.

“The newspaper made a big mistake by using my picture in an offensive context in this article,” Taleb asserted.

Moreover, he argued that The Economist has used her picture “to promote the article.”

“The newspaper could have used one of its own images to support the information they published in the article, but they deliberately used my image."

“This is my case now,” Taleb added. “My message to every woman who faces bullying and difficulties in her professional life is to stay strong and to confront her bullies, and to always be reconciled with herself and respect her mind and herself.”


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