Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who has pledged to create equal work opportunities for women, said their increased involvement in society needn’t come at the expense of their roles as wives and mothers.
The flash of purple abayas at a conference in Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, Jeddah, was more than a fashion statement. It’s a sign of the changes Jeddah is embracing as King Abdullah slowly loosens restrictions on women in his conservative land.
Dame Margaret Anstee grew accustomed to accusations that she was a prostitute and to being mistaken for her male deputy’s secretary. She doesn’t hold it against anyone: There weren’t many women diplomats at the United Nations when she started work there in 1952.
Iran criticized European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton for meeting women’s rights activists during her trip to Tehran, calling the move “undiplomatic” and unhelpful for relations with the West.