German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Saudi Arabia to meet with the country’s leader and showed her independence by choosing not to wear the customary headscarf and full-length robe that ladies and young ladies who live in the nation are compelled to wear.
It was Merkel’s first excursion to Saudi Arabia in seven years. Women visiting the kingdom are not lawfully required to cover their hair or wear a robe. However, it’s been a common practice among Western leaders to bow to the Saudi’s sense of style.
Merkel isn’t the first woman to skirt the conventional attire. Previously, Michelle Obama, British Prime Minister Theresa May and previous Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all picked pantsuits rather than robes, but they bowed to the pressure to cover their heads with the traditional attire.
While meeting with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and his successors, Merkel said she squeezed them on human rights concerns, The Telegraph revealed.
I have the impression that the country is in a phase of change and that a lot more is possible now than some years ago, but it’s still a long way away from having achieved what we would understand as equality.
— German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Merkel has taken a stand in opposition to the wearing of full-face cloak and contended that they ought to be banned in Germany “wherever it is lawfully conceivable.”