The Swedish authorities has defended its resolution to have its officers put on headscarves throughout a visit to Iran, saying that failing to take action would have damaged the legislation.
Commerce Minister Ann Linde led a enterprise workforce final week and confronted criticism for carrying a scarf, or hijab.
Sweden says it has the world’s first “feminist authorities”.
A distinguished Iranian ladies’s rights activist and Swedish politicians have criticised the choice.
“It’s ruinous to what’s known as a feminist overseas coverage” stated Liberal social gathering chief Jan Bjorklund, who stated Iran oppressed ladies by laws.
The Swedish authorities ought to have requested that feminine members of the delegation shouldn’t have been required to put on a scarf, he stated, and that if the request weren’t granted any commerce agreements ought to have been signed in Sweden or a 3rd nation.
However Ms Linde told the Aftonbladet newspaper that she was not prepared to interrupt Iranian legislation. She stated that because the solely different possibility can be to ship an all-male delegation, she was required to put on a scarf.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was additionally in Iran and stated he raised human rights points with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and activist, posted a picture of Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin signing a local weather invoice surrounded by feminine colleagues earlier this month subsequent to one in every of a number of feminine Swedish authorities officers carrying headscarves and greeting Mr Rouhani.
The picture of Ms Lovin was extensively seen as mocking an image of Donald Trump signing an anti-abortion govt order surrounded by male aides and advisers.
Girls within the Swedish authorities “ought to have condemned an equally unfair scenario in Iran,” Ms Alinejad posted to My Stealthy Freedom, a preferred Fb web page she runs that encourages Iranian ladies to publish photos of themselves with out the hijab.
“As a result of in case you are feminists and also you care about equality then it is best to problem inequality in every single place,” she advised the BBC. “They have to stand for their very own values.”
The Swedish authorities says that “equality between men and women is a basic intention of Swedish overseas coverage”.
In 2015, a number of media experiences famous that former US First Woman Michelle Obama didn’t put on a scarf throughout a go to to Saudi Arabia after the demise of King Abdullah, though quite a few overseas feminine leaders and dignitaries had beforehand accomplished so.
Overseas ladies are usually not required to put on a scarf within the nation, not like in Iran.
Ms Linde stated she wouldn’t put on one throughout an upcoming go to to Saudi Arabia.