Images of Women Shelved in Ikea’s Saudi Catalog
In male-dominated Saudi Arabia, women long have lacked a seat at the table of power. That harsh reality was reflected in an Ikea furniture catalog distributed in Saudi Arabia that left them missing from other tables as well. Images of women were airbrushed from copies of the retailer’s annual catalog shipped to the religiously conservative Islamic kingdom.
Ikea apologized for the airbrushing, saying it “regrets what has happened and understands that people are upset.
“It is not the local franchisee that has requested the retouch of the discussed pictures. The mistake happened…before presenting the draft catalog for Ikea Saudi Arabia