The Defense Minister for Germany has offended quite a lot of people during her recent visit to Saudi Arabia after refusing to wear a hijab.
Ursula von der Leyen made a point as she reportedly said that women should have the same rights as men when choosing their clothing.
When she met with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saudi in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, she voiced her annoyance that women were expected to ‘cover up’. Rather than sporting a hijab, she went with a dark blue pant suit. Well played.
When women visit Saudi Arabia, both local and foreign, they are legally required to wear an abaya (a full-body covering) which Ursula chose defiantly not to do. Muslim women also are required to wear a hijab. Foreigners, however are not required to cover their heads.
People took to Twitter to vent their fury with comments such as: ‘OK so why didn’t they arrest her? The hypocrisy and double standards’.
Another wrote: ‘The German Defence Minister: Not wearing the hijab in Saudi was deliberate. This is an insult to Saudi Arabia!’