First women win seats in Kuwait’s parliament


Congratulations to Rola Dashti, Salwa al-Jassar, Aseel al-Awadi and Massouma al-Mubarak, the first women to be elected to the Kuwaiti parliament since women won the vote in 2005.

According to the New York Times:

The election of women to the assembly is a separate matter and a source of intense pride for many Kuwaitis.

The winners were Rola Dashti, an American-educated economist; Salwa al-Jassar and Aseel al-Awadi, who are both professors; and Massouma al-Mubarak, who in 2005 became the country’s first female cabinet minister.