“Woman in Kuwait: A Pioneering Role in Development and Empowerment”

“Throughout its history, Kuwaiti women have demonstrated their pioneering and active role in the country’s development across various fields. They have overcome challenges, achieved remarkable success, and gained regional and international recognition. Kuwaiti women have successfully established a balance as half of society, standing alongside men on the path of progress since the founding of the state. They have held multiple leadership positions, including assistant ministers, department directors, and university administrators, extending beyond political rights to encompass economic, cultural, and social domains.”

“Kuwaiti women have excelled at all levels, occupying leadership positions as ministers, deputy ministers, university directors, and ambassadors. They have also ventured into the private sector, securing advanced positions both locally and internationally. Kuwaiti women have continued to play a pivotal role in building and advancing society, eventually obtaining their political rights on May 16, 2005, by running and participating in the parliamentary elections, marking the Kuwaiti Women’s Day.”

“In 2006, Kuwaiti women celebrated the success of their political rights by participating in the elections for the National Assembly. In 2008, 27 women officially submitted their candidacy for the National Assembly elections, and although none of them won, this experience enhanced the Kuwaiti women’s expertise, leading to their victory in the 2009 Council elections.”

“The year 2009 was a significant milestone in Kuwaiti women’s history as four candidates, Dr. Masoumah Al-Mubarak, Dr. Salwa Al-Jassar, Dr. Asil Al-Awadi, and Dr. Rola Dashti, won seats in the National Assembly elections, surpassing expectations. Kuwaiti women have made substantial contributions in both the public and private sectors, leaving a distinct mark on development, particularly in the framework of ‘New Kuwait 2035’ vision.”

“Over the years, Kuwaiti women have made progressive gains, witnessing an increase in the percentage of women in leadership positions, reaching 21%. Moreover, Kuwaiti women constitute 59% of the country’s workforce, surpassing the global average of 39%.”

“The constitutional foundations of Kuwait have played an essential role in supporting Kuwaiti women’s achievements by ensuring gender equality in rights. Furthermore, Kuwait is committed to implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which it ratified in 1994, along with various national legislations aimed at supporting, promoting, and protecting women’s rights.”

“Kuwaiti female figures unanimously agree that Kuwaiti women have solidified their position among their Arab counterparts, assuming various leadership, economic, cultural, political, and administrative roles. Kuwaiti women have actively contributed to national development, overcoming numerous obstacles.”

“Maha Al-Bughaili, a municipal council member, stated that Kuwaiti women have expanded their presence in the public sphere, excelling in scientific and professional domains and occupying various positions in decision-making roles within both the government and private sectors.”

“She emphasized that the Kuwaiti women’s position in society strengthened with the enactment of their political rights in 2005, following a long struggle and rightful demands. Al-Bughaili highlighted that this rights journey traces back to November 1953, when a group of Kuwaiti women advocated for equality, demanding the establishment of scientific, literary, cultural associations, and theaters in girls’ high schools, as well as opening cinema halls. Their historical presence and constructive role in society contributed to the emergence of a civil society.”

“Dour Al-Sumait, the Chairperson of the Network of Business and Professional Women and Vice President of the Kuwaiti Entrepreneurs Association, explained that Kuwaiti women have played a significant role in society, both past and present. They have actively contributed in volunteer and humanitarian work, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteering in various sectors.”

“Al-Sumait emphasized that political and economic freedom has given Kuwaiti women the confidence to assume key leadership positions in the country. They have engaged in parliamentary work, legislative formulation, executive authority, and even judicial roles.”

“Amal Al-Abdul Kareem, the National Coordinator of the “I Care” Program, highlighted that Kuwaiti women have played crucial roles in the country’s development and security throughout the years, facing challenges with resilience. She emphasized their participation during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990, where Kuwaiti women showcased their resistance and bravery alongside men, sacrificing their lives for the liberation of Kuwait.”

“Al-Abdul Kareem further stressed that Kuwaiti women continue their journey in post-liberation Kuwait, actively participating in extinguishing oil well fires and contributing to various fields, including the notable role of Sarah Akbar.”

“Alia Jawhar, a journalist, stated that Kuwaiti women have made significant contributions to enriching the literary and artistic scene in the Arab and global contexts, benefiting from Kuwait’s support for talent, creativity, and freedom of expression. She highlighted the achievements of Kuwaiti women in the media sector, overcoming challenges and becoming active contributors in print, visual, and audio media, leaving their mark on program development with professionalism and credibility.”

These statements collectively underscore the prominent role and achievements of Kuwaiti women in various aspects of society, acknowledging their remarkable progress and contributions to Kuwait’s development and growth.

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