Courage in Kuwait

Kuwaiti women are working to gain political power:

Despite what we might say about our least favorite elected leaders, it does take guts to go into politics – especially if you’re a woman in Kuwait. There, women are taking advantage of their recent admission to politics not only by voting, but by joining the race for the 50 spots in the national parliament. But not all their fellow citizens appreciate their enthusiasm, and some are doing their best to persuade the 32 female hopefuls to step out of the limelight and back into the home.

Several female candidates have seen their billboards vandalized and have received threatening phone calls from phony police officers demanding that they withdraw from this Thursday’s election, the first general election since women were granted suffrage in 2005.

It’s good to see that progress is being made in the Middle East. A stable democracy in Iraq will also work wonders.

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