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International Women’s Day in Kuwait

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).

March 8, 2009 - Posted by | Kuwait, News, Women's Issues


  1. Good morning IntlXpatr
    Thank you for posting about IWD

    Comment by jewaira | March 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. This is very interesting – I didn’t realize that Kuwait is a CEDAW signatory.

    I see this 2004 report on the country’s progress wrt CEDAW:

    Its a bit long but makes interesting reading. I didn’t realize that countries could sign CEDAW “with reservations” – hence Kuwait is a signatory but for example Kuwaiti women still cannot pass on their nationality to husbands or children. (On the other hand, Lebanon hasn’t signed at all!)

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | March 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. Jewaira – you are welcome! 🙂

    Pretty cool, Little Diamond. I didn’t know you could sign with reservations, either. Interesting stuff.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 8, 2009 | Reply

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