Algerians Are Taking Leg Selfies After Student Was Banned From Exam For Wearing A Skirt

The Facebook page
The Facebook page

Algerian women are taking pictures of their bare legs in solidarity with a student who 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, which stated exam attendance "requires a decent outfit" - and denied discriminating against the student, Buzzfeed reports.

The dean of the law school told Tsa-Algerie news website: "The student violated the School Code. Wearing a short skirt in not authorised inside the university."

Fellow student Sophia Jama created a Facebook group which translates to English as "My dignity is not in the length of my skirt" for those angered by the university's decision to share pictures of their bare legs.

"What happened to that student was very harsh. She was humiliated," Jama told France24.

"Woman’s body has become a battle field in Algeria.

"And if we keep silent, we women will lose a lot from our gains, regarding our freedom in public places."

les jambes de @hanifa rabhi qui s'en va entammer sa journée sereinement

Posted by Ma dignité n'est pas dans la longueur de ma jupe. on Sunday, 17 May 2015

@Benaissa Larbi depuis Oran où les jambes Oran où les jambes oranaises , elles aussi ne servent qu'à marcher et à avancer et parfois se détendre comme partout ailleurs.

Posted by Ma dignité n'est pas dans la longueur de ma jupe. on Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Facebook page has had submissions from both women and men, and Jama says she was surprised at the large amount of pictures she received in such a short space of time.

"I did not want to let [the student] feel alone in front of this problem," she added.

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