Will Women Vote in Kuwait?

The Lebanese paper, the Daily Star, reports in its editorial today that “Earlier this week the Kuwaiti Cabinet proposed an amendment to the 1962 electoral law which has kept women at arm’s length from all political processes, even though the constitution of the same year granted equal rights to women and men. The amendment proposes allowing women to vote and to run for Parliament.”
While the illiberal democracy in Kuwait has yet to prove itself truly responsive to the people, this is a very positive sign that the people of the region want what they suspect Iraq will get: full democracy and universal suffrage.
Another interesting point the editorial made was that, “before the Prophet Mohammed received the revelation of the Koran, he worked for the woman who would become his wife – Khadija – who was, for all intents and purposes, an international trader. Women were active in commercial life then, as they are in modern Kuwait. It is unfortunate in this part of the world that adherence to traditions has often meant individuality and social and political responsibility are restricted, often severely.” Maybe the states could learn from their past and bring a more egalitarian future.


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