Kuwaiti women’s political progress to be celebrated on 16 May

Undoubtedly, May 16th each year has become a historic day in the life of Kuwaiti women and a celebration of the political rights of women in the field, reflecting the political leadership’s belief in the role of women in all fields and ensuring their empowerment.

On May 16, 2005, Kuwaiti women won their political rights after being officially endorsed by the Kuwaiti National Assembly and preceded by the decision of the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to grant women their political rights.

The initiative of the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad, was out of his belief in the importance of the role of women, especially the sacrificial heroism in defending Kuwait during the invasion. Women have established their presence in all levels; from leadership positions to a minister to a deputy minister, a university director, a female ambassador, as well as private sector experiences as advanced positions both regionally and internationally.

This celebration highlights the contributions of Kuwaiti women, their social and political progress and their permanent contribution to building up the society. Kuwait is the first Arab country to achieve gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum 2015 report. On Kuwait Women’s Day, Kuwait Telecommunications Company (KIPCO) Chief Executive Eman Al-Awadhi told KUNA on Wednesday that the high educational level achieved by Kuwaiti women through training courses and other methods contribute to the refinement and development of what they are capable of.

Kuwaiti women have skills, knowledge and experience accumulated in the development of their country in various fields, Al-Awadhi pointed out. Kuwait’s 2035 Vision focuses on the empowerment of women indicating that Kuwait has signed the goals of sustainable development 2030 of the United Nations, the fifth goal of which is equality between men and women, she said.

Al-Awadhi praised Kuwait’s eagerness to support women in the scientific and practical fields, calling for intensifying efforts to support women to assume more leadership positions both in government and private sectors. Meanwhile, Attorney Sara Al-Duaij told KUNA that Kuwaiti women have proven their ability to develop society and take care of their homes and children.

Kuwaiti women are ambitious and their efforts are inexhaustible, pointing out that they continue to contribute to the country, raising the nation, she said. Women’s Affairs Committee sets May 16th each year as a day for Kuwaiti women, with the aim of encouraging their potentials, engaging them in development programs and activities.