CNN reports that IKEA is, let’s say, not doing its bit against Saudi oppression of women:
Images of women were airbrushed from copies of the Swedish-based retailer’s annual catalog shipped to the religiously conservative Islamic kingdom.
For example, one photo in the publication showed a mother, father and two children in a bathroom. In the Saudi version, the image of the woman was removed.
The news, first reported by Sweden’s Metro newspaper, nearly made Sweden’s trade minister, Ewa Bjorling, fall off her chair — or throw one.
“I regret that there is still such a long way to go when it comes to gender equality in Saudi Arabia, which these images clearly show,” she said.
A couple of images: On the left, the original, and on the right, the Saudi version: