Votes for women
The week's news at a glance.
Kuwaits parliament this week granted women the right to vote and hold political office. Islamic conservatives, who dominate the legislature in the constitutional monarchy, have long opposed political rights for women. Under pressure from the royal family, the conservatives gave in this week, but only after winning approval of an amendment that requires separate polling places for male and female voters. Thank God, now weve got our rights, said Siham Freih, a university professor. Kuwaits image was tarnished because women were taking part in all professional fields but were deprived of the vote. Women can now vote in all Arab countries except Saudi Arabia.