Von der Leyen sees herself as a woman discriminated against
The EU Commission chief criticizes the “Sofagate” incident in Turkey. She calls for more respect for women’s rights as a prerequisite for resuming the dialogue.
Three weeks after the diplomatic scandal during her visit to Turkey, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen made severe allegations and emphatically demanded equality for women. Just because she was a woman, she was not treated according to her office, said von der Leyen in the European Parliament. “I felt hurt and left alone, as a woman and as a European.”
At the beginning of April, only EU Council President Charles Michel was allowed to sit in an armchair next to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Von der Leyen, on the other hand, had to sit on a sofa to the side.
“This shows how far there is still to be before women are treated as equals,” said von der Leyen. She is privileged because she can defend herself. However, millions of women who are injured every day cannot. Thousands of much worse incidents would never be known.