On his first foreign trip as President of the United States, Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia.

Joining him and making her first foreign trip as First Lady, on Sunday Melania Trump said there were 'great strides' towards the 'empowerment of women' happening in Saudi Arabia.

From her official account as First Lady, Trump was pictured with a group of workers at the General Electric (GE) Saudi service centre.

The GE Service Centre is, according to Melania, the first all female process service centre in Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh.

Heading towards women's 'empowerment' in Saudi Arabia:

Official Foreign Office travel advice for foreign women visiting Saudi Arabia reads:

Islamic codes of behaviour and dress are strictly enforced.

Women should wear conservative, loose-fitting clothes as well as a full length cloak (abaya) and a headscarf.

It is illegal for women to drive.

Amnesty International's report on Saudi Arabia in 2016 records that:

Women remain legally subordinate in inferior in status to men in relation, to marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance, and could not access higher education.

For women living in the country, conditions have 'improved' from the brutal state in which they've existed since the Kingdom was founded in 1932.

'Great strides' indeed.

HT Mashable

Keep reading...Show less
Please log in or register to upvote this article
The Conversation (0)