History & Facts
Women and the Democracy
In May 1999, the late Amir Sheikh Jaber AI-Ahmed AI-Jaber AI-Sabah issued a decree granting women the right to vote and hold elected office, but the measure was struck down by the National Assembly.
However, in May 2005 the Parliament voted to give women the right to vote and run for parliament .
On May 16, 2009, Parliamentary Elections were held in Kuwait to choose the 50 members of Kuwait’s National Assembly. In these elections, Kuwaiti women have won four seats for the first time in Kuwait’s Parliament which was men-only.
All the four female winners are highly educated: Dr. Massouma al-Mubarak, who was also the country's first female Cabinet minister; women's rights activist Dr. Rola Dashti; education professor Dr. Salwa al-Jassar and philosophy professor Dr. Aseel al-Awadhi.