Kuwait: Women in region are facing legal forms of discrimination

KUWAIT CITY, March 24: The Women’s Cultural and Social Society, in coordination with the Freedom House, organized the Second Gulf Regional Forum on Women’s Rights and Family Law in honor of the International Women’s Day on Tuesday. The event was held under the patronage of Faisal Mohammad Al-Hajji Bukhadhour, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs. Several prominent personalities spoke on women’s current status in the region. Continue reading

Jordan: mobile unit for women’s rights culture

by Luciana Borsatti) (ANSAmed) – ROME –

Training courses for judges and lawyers, direct information campaigns targeting women, and even mobile units travelling from town to town to encourage victims of domestic violence to report their situation, will all be part of a project, in which Italian NGO, the Italian Consortium of Solidarity (ICS) will participate in Jordan. The project has just obtained financing from the European Institute of Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), along with another 9 local NGOs. Continue reading

Baroud joins calls by women’s rights activists to amend nationality law

Interior minister shows support for new UNDP project
By Dalila Mahdawi /  dailystar.com.lb

BEIRUT: Arab women’s rights activists and Lebanese parliamentarians on Tuesday breathed new life into a campaign seeking to amend the country’s nationality law. Interior Minister Ziyad Baroud joined a throng of international ambassadors in welcoming the United Nations Development Program’s new project, “Toward reforming the nationality law in Lebanon.” According to project manager Nayla Masri, the venture hoped to complement the considerable efforts already made by non-governmental organizations to formulate a just nationality law for Lebanese women with non-Lebanese spouses. Continue reading

Call for more protection for human rights activists

Loveday Morris, Correspondent thenational.ae

More needs to be done to protect those who champion human rights in the Middle East and North Africa where they often face imprisonment and persecution, a leading international human rights group says in a report released today.
Even though progress has been made in some countries in the region, campaigners are still unsafe, with those pushing for political and civil rights particularly at risk, Amnesty International said in the 94-page report, entitled Challenging Repression: Human Rights Defenders in the Middle East and North Africa.

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“Tunisian women ready to contribute to the pluralist process”, says President Ben Ali

On the occasion of the observance by Tunisia of the International Women’s Day, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali sent the following message to Mrs Aziza Htira, the chairwoman of the National Union of Tunisian Women (UNFT)

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Maroc: Les progrès de la consécration de l’égalité

Les progrès accomplis par le Maroc en matière de promotion de la condition de la femme contribueront, à n’en pas douter, à la consécration de la culture de l’égalité et à l’encouragement d’un plus large l’accès des femmes aux postes de responsabilité et de décision, a affirmé Mme Nouzha Skalli, ministre du Développement social, de la Famille et de la Solidarité. Continue reading

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KUWAIT, March 7, (KUNA)

Kuwaiti women will be celebrating the Inter-national Women’s Day on Sunday alongside women of the world, having a series of achievements and success stories to be proud of. Women of Kuwait attained their political rights in May 2005 and voted and ran for candidacy for the first in the parliamentary elections in June 2006. Although none of the female candidates won a parliamentary set, women’s votes had a great impact on the election’s results. In addition, the Kuwaiti leadership has made way for women’s participation in political life through appointing the first female minister, Dr Maasouma Al-Mubarak, on June 2, 2005 as Minister of Planning and Minister of State for Administrative Develop-ment Affairs. The Kuwaiti constitution stipulates that men and women have equal rights and duties. Article 25 of the constitution states, “All people are equal in human dignity, and in public rights and duties before the law, without distinction as to race, origin, language or religion.”

Although Kuwaiti women enjoyed many civil and social rights throughout the years, a number of the National Assembly members have adopted a draft law to give them even more rights. The draft law ensures giving men and women the same salaries and equal opportunities in being appointed at administrative and senior posts, and providing more rights to divorced Kuwaiti women and widows, and those married to non-Kuwaitis. Kuwaiti females have equal education opportunities to their male counterparts in both schools and universities. Kuwait was not only keen on giving women their rights through local laws and legislations, but internationally through the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).