Be still my little heart! This morning, I was, by the grace of God, in the right place at the right time. Did not have the right camera, but I did have a camera as Kuwait honored International Women’s Day with a massive fly-by. At one point, twenty jet planes roared over the Gulf in a humungous group. I’ve seen a lot of air shows, but I cannot remember ever having seen twenty jets flyby in one movement.
WOOO HOOO Kuwait! You really know how to honor women!
They even had three cargo planes fly over the Gulf as a unit . . .
Wooo HOOOO! My heart is still fluttering! Adrenelin high! I am guessing the cost of aviation fuel is so much less in Kuwait that the Air Force can go out and have a little fun occasionally. You made my day.
(It MIGHT not have been in honor of International Women’s Day. If anyone knows why this enormous display took place, please sign in now!)
From today’s Arab Times:
Kuwait Red Crescent ready to fill aid agencies gap in Darfur
KUWAIT CITY, March 7, (KUNA): Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) said Saturday it was ready to fill the aid agencies gap caused by the withdrawal of a number of humanitarian organizations from Darfur.
KRCS Chairman Barjas Al-Barjas said in a letter he sent to Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Bekele Geleta, that KRCS believed the federation should cover the needs caused by the withdrawal of 16 non-governmental organizations from Darfur due to bad security conditions. He called IFRC to urge all humanitarian and charitable bodies, national societies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to contribute to ending the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Darfur. Al-Barjas said KRCS was ready to provide aid, as it always did to the needy around the world.
Meanwhile, the Arab League Council has decided to send an Arab-Afro delegation to the UN Security Council (UNSC) to defer the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. The council, meeting urgently at the foreign ministers’ level to discuss ICC arrest warrant, expressed dismay for the ICC decision and said it did not consider justice, stability and peace in Sudan. The council voiced solidarity with Sudan against any plans undermining the sovereignty, unity and independence of Sudan.
The foreign ministers underlined in a statement importance of the independence of the Sudanese judiciary. They refused any attempt to politicize the principles of the international justice which would jeopardize the unity, sovereignty and independence of countries around the world. They regretted the fact that article 16 of the Rome statute of the ICC was not provoked thus delay the arrest warrant for 12 months. They asserted that heads of state enjoy immunity in accordance with the 1961 Vienna agreement.
The arrest warrant does not consider the implementation of the peace agreement in Southern Sudan and preparation for the general elections in the second half of this year, said the ministers. The Arab foreign ministers urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to live up its responsibility to preserving peace and stability in Sudan. They called on regional and international parties to provide suitable atmosphere for the political settlement between the Sudanese government and rebel groups in Darfur.
May God bless the work of their hands and their hearts.
From today’s Arab Times:
Kuwait womenfolk prove their mettle
KUWAIT, March 7, (KUNA): Kuwaiti women will be celebrating the Inter-national Women’s Day on Sunday alongside women of the world, having a series of achievements and success stories to be proud of. Women of Kuwait attained their political rights in May 2005 and voted and ran for candidacy for the first in the parliamentary elections in June 2006. Although none of the female candidates won a parliamentary set, women’s votes had a great impact on the election’s results.
In addition, the Kuwaiti leadership has made way for women’s participation in political life through appointing the first female minister, Dr Maasouma Al-Mubarak, on June 2, 2005 as Minister of Planning and Minister of State for Administrative Develop-ment Affairs. The Kuwaiti constitution stipulates that men and women have equal rights and duties. Article 25 of the constitution states, “All people are equal in human dignity, and in public rights and duties before the law, without distinction as to race, origin, language or religion.”
Although Kuwaiti women enjoyed many civil and social rights throughout the years, a number of the National Assembly members have adopted a draft law to give them even more rights. The draft law ensures giving men and women the same salaries and equal opportunities in being appointed at administrative and senior posts, and providing more rights to divorced Kuwaiti women and widows, and those married to non-Kuwaitis.
Kuwaiti females have equal education opportunities to their male counterparts in both schools and universities. Kuwait was not only keen on giving women their rights through local laws and legislations, but internationally through the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
OK, OK, I admit it, this is not exactly sunrise, it is a little bit later, but I just couldn’t resist the flat glassy calm of the Gulf this morning going all molten silver. Knocked my socks off.
There is a thin cloud covering this morning, but it looks like another very warm day. Have a great Sunday/ Yom al-Ahad, Kuwait!