European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen weighed in on the Turkey chair incident, saying that sexism is to be blamed for it.
She was referring to the incident where she was left standing as her fellow top EU Official took the only chair available next to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a summit in Turkey on April 6th.
Charles Michel and Erdogan taking the chairs as Von der Leyen was made to stand looking at both the men, with astonishment.
This led to massive anger on social media where netizens called out how she was disrespected.
Also the first woman to head the European Commission Ms. von der Leyen herself said that the incident happened to her only because she was a woman.
Slogan #GiveHerASeat began trending on social media wherein netizens questioned Mr. Michel for his insensitivity and not offering Ursula a seat.
In Ankara I reiterated my deep concerns about Turkey withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention. This is a terrible signal.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) April 26, 2021
Yet to be credible we also have to act at home. Several EU countries have still not ratified it. Some are thinking of quitting.
This is not acceptable.