posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 02:24 PM
Under heavy police security, several hundred women demonstrated in downtown Kuwait City Monday, demanding women be allowed to vote and run for office
in Parliament elections. Most Islamic groups in Kuwait oppose granting women political rights and Parliament has twice defeated similar measures in
recent years. This time, however, the government has thrown its full support behind proposed legislation that would give women in the Emirate the
right to vote.
"Women's rights now," chanted the crowd, which included women dressed in abayas, or traditional long black cloaks. Some of the demonstrators at
Monday's protest wore veils over their faces.
"Our democracy will only be complete with women," said a placard written in Arabic. "We are not less, you are not more. We need a balance, open the
door," said one written in English.
The crowd later attended a parliamentary session which approved a state request for a committee to speed up reviewing a bill allowing women to vote
and run for parliament.
But the 50-man assembly, in which Islamists have a powerful bloc, did not set a date to discuss the draft law.
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Kuwait's constitution stipulates gender equality, women are in the diplomatic corps. They make up about half of the national work force and 63
percent of Kuwaitis with university degrees. Unlike women in neighboring Saudi Arabia, women in Kuwait can drive and travel abroad without the consent
of a male relative.
Women be allowed to vote and run for office in parliament elections in Kuwait would be one more push for political reforms and democratizing the
[edit on 7-3-2005 by Riwka]