Saudi Arabia visit Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in kingdom

Saudi Arabia visit Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in kingdom. For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia.

She enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live.

Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Ms. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly coloured jacket but no headscarf.

Saudi Arabia visit Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in kingdom.

Saudi Arabia visit Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in kingdom.

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia during visit

Under the kingdom’s strict dress code for women, Saudi females required to wear a headscarf and loose, black robes in public.

Saudi Arabia visit Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in kingdom.

Most women in Saudi Arabia cover their hair and face with a veil known as the niqab.

But covering one’s head not required for foreigners, and some Western women choose to forego the headscarf while in Saudi Arabia.

As a delegation of dozens of Saudi officials all men greeted the Obamas in Riyadh, some shook hands with Ms. Obama.

Others avoided a handshake acknowledged the first lady with a nod as they passed by.

 

Saudi Arabia imposes many restrictions on women on the strict interpretation of Islamic Shariah (shah—REE’—yuh).

Law known as Wahabism. Genders strictly segregated.

Women banned from driving, although campaigns in recent years to lift that ban.

Guardianship laws also require women to get permission from a male relative to travel, get married, enrol in higher education or undergo certain surgical procedures.

Under the kingdom’s strict dress code for women, Saudi females are required to wear a headscarf and loose, black robes in public.

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia during visit.

Most women in Saudi Arabia cover their hair and face with a veil known as the niqab.

But covering one’s head not required for foreigners, and some Western women choose to forego the headscarf while in Saudi Arabia.

As a delegation of dozens of Saudi officials all men greeted the Obamas in Riyadh, some shook hands with Ms. Obama.

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia during visit

Others avoided a handshake acknowledged the first lady with a nod as they passed by.