First women win seats in Kuwait’s parliament

// 18 May 2009

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Congratulations to Rola Dashti, Salwa al-Jassar, Aseel al-Awadi and Massouma al-Mubarak, the first women to be elected to the Kuwaiti parliament since women won the vote in 2005.

According to the New York Times:

The election of women to the assembly is a separate matter and a source of intense pride for many Kuwaitis.

The winners were Rola Dashti, an American-educated economist; Salwa al-Jassar and Aseel al-Awadi, who are both professors; and Massouma al-Mubarak, who in 2005 became the country’s first female cabinet minister.

Comments From You

Alex T // Posted 18 May 2009 at 6:31 pm

Hooray! Great to hear some good news. And I love those pictures – they look so happy!

JenniferRuth // Posted 19 May 2009 at 10:09 am

Yay for positive news!

Karen // Posted 19 May 2009 at 6:16 pm

Congratulations to these educated, pioneering ladies, they should be very proud of their achievements. How long before the Daily Mysogynist says they aren’t “pretty enough” to be politicians though! I think they have very attractive smiles though and hopefully will be above any “look-ist” nonsense. Well done Kuwait for taking a great step towards a greater role for women in politics by electing these ladies: Kudos Kuwait!

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