Female Swedish-Iranian politician blasts her own Government for wearing headscarves on Tehran trip

'There should be a negotiation about headscarves before government visits to Iran', says Swedish MP

Swedish government officials have been criticised for wearing headscarves (stock photo)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Swedish-Iranian politician has said members of her own Government are wrong to have worn headscarves on a trip to Tehran.

Amineh Kakabaveh, a former female fighter with Iran's Kurdish forces, spoke to talkRADIO after Sweden's government, which has described itself as the world's first 'feminist government', faced heavy criticism on a business trip.

Trade minister Ann Linde, who led the delegation, was particularly heavily criticised for wearing the hijab, although Swedish officials said they would have broken they law had they not worn the garment.

Kakabaveh told Julia Hartley-Brewer that, growing up in Iran "I was against the veil, against Islamic law," and hailed other Iranian women for posting pictures of themselves on Facebook without the headscarf.

The interviewee, who fled poverty to join the feared Kurdish Peshmerga aged just 13, also said that girls in Iran and other countries subject to strict Islamic law are "not free" and people need to stand up for women's rights. 

Listen to the full interview above