Via The Swedish Wire:
Ikea’s catalog is printed in 198 million copies and looks almost the same in 27 languages and in 38 countries.
With one big exception.
In the Saudi Arabian version of the catalog almost all women have been erased, Swedish newspaper Metro said.
Sweden’s Minister of Trade Ewa Björling said the retouched images are a “sad example” of women oppression.
“Women can not be retouched away in reality. If Saudi Arabia does not allow women to appear [in public] or work, they lose about half their intellectual capital”, she told Metro.
“These pictures are sad examples which show there is a long way to go in terms of equality between men and women in Saudi Arabia”.
Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia are defined by Islam and tribal customs.
Human Rights Watch said in a report that the Saudi guardianship system continues to treat women as minors.
Under this discriminatory system, girls and women of all ages are forbidden from traveling, studying, or working without permission from their male guardians.
Sweden is making more money per capita from export than the United States, China, Brazil, France, and Greece combined.
The reason is that Swedish companies perfectly adapt to Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Communist, and Fascist countries without any restrictions whatsoever, or have any company policies on democracy or freedom, but making profit is the only goal.
If you want to make money, there are no limits in our world, if you lack scruples.