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First female judges sworn in Kuwait


Eight female judges were sworn in to the Supreme Court yesterday to become the first in the history of the Arab Gulf state. This follows years of controversy to allow women to serve in the role. It comes, in fact, 6 years after 20 females were appointed to the public prosecutor office. Commenting on this move, the Chair of the Supreme Judicial Council and the Court of Cassation, Youssef Mutawa, said the female judges’ work will be evaluated after a period of time to be developed accordingly. For her part, the head of the Kuwaiti Women’s Cultural and Social Society, Lulwa Saleh Mulla, pointed out that her association has long struggled for the right of women to serve as judges. These appointments are encouraging, and we believe we are taking steps forward in the ranks of advanced nations, Mulla told AFP. Kuwaiti society is reportedly one of the most liberal in the Arab Gulf with women in senior government posts, however, some traditional families enforce tight restrictions on the movements of their female relatives. (An Nahar, September 4, 2020)

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