Swiss president says she will not visit a country that fails to respect women's rights
Swiss president Doris Leuthard says she will not visit any country that doesn’t respect women’s rights and forces her to wear a veil.
Speaking to the press yesterday she says she wants to be respected as a person and not discriminated against because of her gender.
Leuthard has visited Saudi Arabia, but she says she wore her normal clothes.
One of her predecessors, Micheline Calmy-Rey received criticism after she wore a head scarf on a visit to Iran.
Speaking ahead to International Women’s day tomorrow, Leuthard says there’s much more to be done in Switzerland to end gender discrimination.
She highlights differences in maternity and paternity leave policies across the country and says more women should be working in traditionally male dominated professions, such as engineering.