Furniture retailer Ikea regrets airbrushing women out of Saudi catalogue
Furniture retailer Ikea has been criticised for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its catalogue, a move the company says it regrets.
Comparing the Swedish and Saudi versions of the Ikea catalogue, Swedish newspaper Metro showed that women had been airbrushed out of otherwise identical pictures showcasing the company’s home furnishings.
The country’s trade minister, Ewa Bjorling, did not criticise Ikea directly but told Metro that it was not possible to delete women from society.
Ikea said: “We should have reacted and realised that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalogue is in conflict with the Ikea group values.”
Women appear only infrequently in Saudi-run advertising, mostly on Saudi-owned TV channels that show women in long dresses, scarves covering their hair and long sleeves.
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