Juliette Kayyem on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

IKEA’s Saudi problem
Boston Globe
October 4, 2012
Op-ed by: Juliette Kayyem, lecturer in public policy with the Belfer Center and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

“Global companies often alter marketing materials out of respect for a nation’s particular norms. Except that in Saudi Arabia, it’s almost impossible to find an easy balance, even when compromising. The catalogue dispute is a symptom of a larger problem. The monarchy’s gender restrictions are wholly inconsistent with Saudi Arabia’s participation in the global economy. They are so strict that the only possible response by the frustrated censor of the IKEA catalogue was to — poof! — edit all women out of the picture.”

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