The Salon II

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Hope in the Middle East

One more in the camp of equity, II. It seems there is some change in the situation of women in Kuwait. They are running for office, and voting for the first time, in arguably the most conservative region of the world. It is to be celebrated:
BBC NEWS | Middle East | Kuwaiti women vote for first time: "Polling is taking place in a Kuwaiti council by-election in which women are allowed to vote for the first time.

Two women are also among eight candidates running for the seat in the Salmiya district, south of the capital.

The 28,000 eligible voters, 60% of whom are women, are voting in segregated polling booths, a condition demanded by Islamist and tribal MPs.

Women were granted equal political rights last year and will vote in full legislative polls in 2007."


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