Saturday, June 03, 2006

Good News

for Kuwaiti Women :) - Electoral first for Kuwaiti women, reports BBC.

Five women have become candidates in Kuwaiti parliamentary elections for the first time in the Gulf state's history.

The Kuwaiti parliament voted last May to allow women to vote and run for office, ending a 44-year ban.

BBC Gulf correspondent Julia Wheeler says it has been a long hard struggle for women's rights activists in Kuwait to get the vote and be allowed to stand for office. Aisha al-Rshaid has campaigned to become a candidate Women have been denied full political rights in Kuwait since the foundation of parliament in 1962. The ban was overturned by a parliamentary vote in May 2005 after several earlier attempts were blocked by parliament. Women have long served as diplomats, run businesses, and worked at all levels in industry in Kuwait. A female minister was appointed soon after women were given the vote.

While reading this it is interesting to note that women in Saudi Arabia has no voting rights. Hmmm...what is Bush doing? I thought he invaded Iraq on the ground of bringing democracy to the world. So when is he going to try bringing democracy to Saudi Arabia!!!!!!!!!!???????

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