Theresa May has dismissed the Saudi Arabian dress code for women; she decided to step out of her plane with her hair showing.
The Prime Minister of Britain landed in Riyadh, Saudi capital, to meet the Crown Prince and other dignitaries without a headscarf, having earlier said she would “be a role model for oppressed women” in Saudi Arabia.
She follows in the footsteps of other political figures like Marine Le Pen in refusing to wear a headscarf.
Saud Arabia enforces a strict dress code in public places, which requires women to wear a burqa. Not only this, they need guardian ship limiting their movement and are banned from driving. Foreign visitors don’t always obey.
Theresa May said she hopes to be an inspiration. But so long as there is an oppressive Islamic regime, nothing is changing in Saudi Arabia anytime soon. She really wants to embody the fact that women can hold significant positions.
She said “It’s important for me as a woman leader and as a leader of the government of the United Kingdom to maintain the relationships that are important to us as a country for our security, and our trade for the future. But I hope also that people see me as a woman leader, will see what women can achieve and how women can be in significant positions.”
It could likely be inspiring, but the women of Saudi Arabia will be put in danger if they attempt to emulate the likes of Theresa May and Marine Le Pen. It’s bold to not wear a headscarf, but it’s not doing a thing for the oppressed women of those nations. The ideology of their religion won’t allow this to change.
Islam and western values will never coincide and there is no reason to expect them to. They’re just too different.