JURIST Supported by the University of Pittsburgh

THIS DAY AT LAW
Today in legal history...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Kuwait approved women's right to vote, hold office
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On May 16, 2005, the Kuwaiti National Assembly passed a law granting women the right to both run for and vote in parliamentary elections. Less than one month later, two women were appointed to Kuwait's municipal office — the first women to be appointed to public office in the country's history. Following the passage of the electoral reforms, four female MPs were elected to the country's 50-seat parliament in 2009. The validity of their election was challenged and ultimately upheld by the Kuwaiti Constitutional Court, which ruled that female lawmakers are not required to wear the hijab or traditional Muslim headscarf in order to serve in office.


Kuwaiti coat of arms

Learn more about Kuwait and the laws governing women's rights from the JURIST news archive.




Link post | IM post | go to JURIST | © JURIST, 2011


LATEST DAYS

 US ratified North Atlantic Treaty
July 21, 2014

 click for more...

SYNDICATION

Add This Day at Law to your RSS reader or personalized portal:
  • Add to Google
  • Add to My Yahoo!
  • Subscribe with Bloglines
  • Add to My AOL

E-MAIL

Subscribe to This Day at Law alerts via R|mail. Enter your e-mail address below. After subscribing and being returned to this page, please check your e-mail for a confirmation message.
MyBlogAlerts also e-mails alerts of new This Day at Law entries. It's free and fast, but ad-based.

CONTACT

This Day at Law welcomes reader comments, tips, URLs, updates and corrections. E-mail us at archives@jurist.org