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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Photos of Kuwaiti Women Voting for First Time Ever

"After waiting for 44 years, today I was able to participate in the election and play a role in our democracy. It's a great feeling."
-Suad Ahmad, a middle-aged homemaker, told AFP at a polling station in Kuwait City

"Today is the biggest feast we have been waiting for more than 40 years. This is the first time Kuwaiti women can show the men that we are capable, it is important that we do our best and leave the outcome of the polls to God."
-Khaledah al-Khadher, one of the two female candidates, told Reuters at a polling station in Salwa suburb

Female Kuwaiti candidate Khaledah Al Khadher (L) jokes with a supporter at a polling station in Roumaithya district in Kuwait April 4, 2006. Women made history in Kuwait on Tuesday by voting and running for office for the first time in a local by-election after the conservative, U.S.-allied Gulf state granted them suffrage last year. (REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee)

A Kuwaiti woman looks for her name on a list that will designate where she will cast her vote for municipal council elections at a polling station in Roumaithiya, Kuwait April 4, 2006. (REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee)

A Kuwaiti woman voter, right, and two young camapign volunteers walk by at a polling station in Salwa, Kuwait, on Tuesday, April 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari)

A Kuwaiti woman walks to a polling station in Roumaithiya, Kuwait April 4, 2006. (REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee)

Kuwaiti women check with their candidate's representative before entering a polling station to cast their ballot for municipal council elections in Roumaithiya, Kuwait April 4, 2006. (REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee)

A Kuwaiti casts her vote in municipal elections at a polling center in Kuwait City. (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)


At 4/04/2006 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm embarrassed to say I didn't even know Kuwaiti women couldn't vote.

At 4/09/2006 4:57 AM, Blogger Jewaira said...

This is a wonderfully positive step

At 6/04/2006 6:55 AM, Blogger unfold the voice of the desert said...

all the best of luck to them women that are running!

At 6/04/2006 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so random where stories like this pop up! I'm really glad Khaledah's campaign got attention from places outside Kuwait. Actually, it's quite inspiring. It made my day seeing this because I feel like people actually care, you know?

You'll be glad to know that she's running once more for a seat in Parliament, with a much bigger base and a lot more support now. So, there's an actual chance she just might make it. If Kuwaiti men open up their minds enough to see that she's the perfect candidate.

Thank you for your support!

- N.

At 6/01/2010 7:21 AM, Blogger Haneen Eisa Sulaiman said...

That's my mom you know :D


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