Only about a dozen years have passed since women in the Arab Gulf nation of Kuwait were granted the right to vote and run for elected office in , a hard-won victory that followed a large demonstration in front of parliament. Twenty-eight women ran for seats in , though none won, then four were elected in But in only two gained seats, and the most recent round of voting brought only one. According to UN Women, as of January 1, the country ranked th out of total for its percentage of women in parliament.
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Events of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas. Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights. The government aggressively cracked down on free speech throughout , using provisions in the constitution, the national security law, and other legislation to stifle political dissent. The authorities stripped 33 Kuwaitis of their nationality, including three who appeared to have been targeted because they represented opposition voices.
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Statements came from Kuwaiti citizens as well as expatriates, who make up a large sum of the total population. Kuwaiti fashion blogger Ascia Al Faraj, who has more than 2. Radio and TV shows have hosted activists, lawyers and academics to discuss the issue of harassment and the US embassy in Kuwait also threw its weight behind the women.
More than four years after ratifying the ICCPR, and six years after ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Kuwaiti government has made very little effort to modify the numerous provisions in its domestic legislation which discriminate on the basis of sex. Some of these discriminatory laws and practices have already been discussed, including violations stemming from Kuwait's implementation of its nationality law. In the case of family law, some categories of women face a second layer of discrimination, based on religion, which further reduces their rights and freedoms.