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With Women’s Suffrage, Change Awaits Kuwait

On Saturday, a liberal parliament was elected in Kuwait that ensures the passage of a measure to allow women to vote and participate in politics.

This election, although they could not vote, many women attended discussions and political forums, especially those which advertised separate seating for women.

Winning the vote means that women also will be allowed to run for office. Already, women such as political scientist Massouma al-Mubarak have declared their candidacy for the 2003 elections.

However, some women are worried that men will attempt to influence their wives and daughter’s opinions. al-Mubarak commented “That’s why we have to educate women.” Nevertheless, if the measure is approved, it is inevitable that Kuwait’s political climate will change.

Sources:

Nando Times and AP- July 5, 1999