The latest woman to be appointed minister in a Kuwaiti government has pledged a new approach to her performance and called for securing more rights for women.
“I will see to work at the ministry based on a new strategy that will match its local and international dimensions and outreach,” Dhikra Al Rashidi, the minister of social affairs and labour, said.
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Out of 25 journalists from the GCC member countries, Saudi Arabia sent six women - the highest turnout from one country at the the Gulf Female Journalists Forum that was held in Kuwait on Sunday. The undersecretary of the Ministry of Information Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah met with journalists and said that this forum was aimed at helping GCC female journalists exchange experiences and become acquainted with one another. "(...)I am very impressed to see the sheer number of Saudi professional journalists. They are intelligent and ambitious individuals and I hope this sets a precedent for future liaisons," he said.
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The demand for plastic surgery has been on the rise among both, men and women, but recent data shows that a record number of men now go in for such surgery. "The percentage of men in the Arab world seeking plastic surgery has increased from 5 percent to 25 percent of the total number of patients undergoing such a surgery.
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Women's issues have often taken the backseat in recent times due to various developments on the political front in Kuwait, and what has resulted can perhaps be characterized as a lag in the pursuit of women’s rights in the country. However, this has been met with the establishment of various different civil society groups, NGOs and offices that deal with women’s issues, and try to address the gaps that have been created in the struggle for equal rights.
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A court decision on April 22, 2012, cancelling a ministerial order barring women from entry-level jobs at the Justice Ministry is an important victory against legally-sanctioned discrimination in Kuwait, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged the Kuwaiti government to act on the decision, to guarantee women equal access to all public jobs, and to amend or repeal gender-based discriminatory provisions from all its legislation, according to an article from Human Rights Watch.
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah revealed the country's new cabinet on Tuesday following snap parliamentary elections earlier this month, but included no women among the 16 ministers. The cabinet includes 10 new faces, but is headed by a member of the royal family Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Hamad al-Sabah, according to al-akhbar.com.
Kuwait’s Islamist-led opposition won the majority seats in a snap election for the wealthy Gulf state’s fourth parliament in less than six years, while women candidates did not win a single seat, according to official results released on Friday.
For the parliamentary elections due next week on February 2nd, it is now set that 23 out of a total 286 candidates will be women. About 2 weeks ago, the numbers were 24 out of a total of 344. There are 50 seats in the parliament, and the firs women in Kuwaiti history were elected for parliament in 2009.