Kuwait To Have Women Judges Soon
Kuwait To Have Women Judges Soon, boosting females’ rights in a country where women have already established themselves in other fields once preserved for males including the parliament.
3 women among 40 prosecutors to be appointed in August as judges.
The appointment decision will be officially endorsed in August. The women judges will start their work in the justice system and issue verdicts early next year.
The source said the performance of women as prosecutors has earned “satisfaction and pride” inside public prosecution.
“They have participated in investigating all types of criminal cases and attended international conferences. They have played a prominent role,” the unidentified source added.
Women can now become judges in Kuwait, one of the most conservative countries in the Arabian Peninsula. For the Minister for Justice has in fact accepted, applications from young female graduates for the post of prosecutors. And from what has been learned, 16 of the 32 people who applied for the position are women.
The role of the public prosecutor permits them to become a judge, and to date only men could fill such a position. Up until now, following studies in law, the most women could aspire to was a position in a law firm.
Fifteen women ran for a spot in the Arab nation’s 65-member parliament last year, but only Safa Al Hashem prevailed (she first got elected back in 2012). However, despite being the sole female of the 2016 assembly, the businesswoman is making sure her voice is heard.
Born in 1964, Al Hashem holds degrees in English literature and in business administration. She was the founder, chairperson and manager of Advantage Consulting Company (ACC), a Kuwait-based company that provides management and business advisory services, her official biography said. She received the Female CEO of the Year award at the CEO Middle East Awards 2007 in Dubai.
In 2018, Kuwait’s Supreme Judicial Council allowed women to join public prosecution.