Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia

Posted:

 For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were 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, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket -- but no headscarf.

   Under the kingdom's strict dress code for women, Saudi females are required to wear a headscarf and loose, black robes in public. Most women in Saudi Arabia cover their hair and face with a veil known as the niqab. But covering one's head is 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 Mrs. Obama. Others avoided a handshake but 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 Wahhabism. Genders are strictly segregated. Women are banned from driving, although there have been campaigns in recent years to lift that ban. Guardianship laws also require women to get permission from a male relative to travel, get married, enroll in higher education or undergo certain surgical procedures.

  • InternationalMore>>

  • Israel evacuates Syrian volunteers stranded in frontier area

    Israel evacuates Syrian volunteers stranded in frontier area

    Sunday, July 22 2018 2:08 AM EDT2018-07-22 06:08:55 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 8:15 AM EDT2018-07-22 12:15:18 GMT
    Map locates Quneitra, site of aid worker evacuations; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;Map locates Quneitra, site of aid worker evacuations; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;
    Israeli military rescues stranded Syrian volunteers from Golan Heights border area, transfers them to third country.More >>
    Israeli military rescues stranded Syrian volunteers from Golan Heights border area, transfers them to third country.More >>
  • New UK Brexit chief: We may not pay exit fee if no deal

    New UK Brexit chief: We may not pay exit fee if no deal

    Sunday, July 22 2018 2:33 AM EDT2018-07-22 06:33:55 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 8:15 AM EDT2018-07-22 12:15:03 GMT
    (Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's newly appointed chief Brexit negotiator Dominic Raab, left, and EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speak to the media ahead of a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels, Thursday, July 19,...(Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's newly appointed chief Brexit negotiator Dominic Raab, left, and EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speak to the media ahead of a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels, Thursday, July 19,...
    Britain's new Brexit chief has suggested Britain might not pay its 39 billion pound ($51 billion) divorce bill if no trade agreement with the European Union is reached.More >>
    Britain's new Brexit chief has suggested Britain might not pay its 39 billion pound ($51 billion) divorce bill if no trade agreement with the European Union is reached.More >>
  • Jeep exec takes over Fiat, marking end of Marchionne era

    Jeep exec takes over Fiat, marking end of Marchionne era

    Sunday, July 22 2018 12:18 AM EDT2018-07-22 04:18:51 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 8:15 AM EDT2018-07-22 12:15:00 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio). In this photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand, introduces the 2019 Jeep Cherokee during the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit. Fiat Chrysler's board recommends Jeep executive M...(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio). In this photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand, introduces the 2019 Jeep Cherokee during the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit. Fiat Chrysler's board recommends Jeep executive M...
    Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobile after longtime leader Sergio Marchionne's health suddenly deteriorated following surgery.More >>
    Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobile after longtime leader Sergio Marchionne's health suddenly deteriorated following surgery.More >>
Powered by Frankly