Sweden’s Trade Minister Ann Linde has been forced to defend herself, and her government colleagues, after they wore headscarves during an official visit to Iran.
The Director of United Nations Watch in Geneva has called it the ‘walk of shame’:
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) 12 февраля 2017 г.
He said the headscarf represents patriarchal oppression, and goes against feminist foreign policy.
Björklund suggested that the Swedish government should have requested that the female visitors not be required to wear a headscarf.
He said if their request was refused, they shouldn’t have signed any trade agreements.