Fifteen women ran for the 50 open seats in Kuwait's 65-member parliament, but only one won: Safa Al Hashem, whose reelection keeps her as the only woman in the legislative body.
Her status as Kuwait's sole female MP illustrates the legislative body's struggle to diversity a decade after the nation first allowed women to seek office.
Sure you can buy a new cell phone in each country, but if you’re trying to run a business out of your backpack then you need a single number where you can reached. It scares the heck out of telecoms who can’t see any reason why everyone wouldn’t flee their expensive long distance plans and make all of their calls online.
In all of the countries that block Skype or other online destinations, there is a manual process involved.
Yet when it comes to female representation in parliament, the country has a poor record compared to others."There’s a stigma against women participating in public life because they haven’t really done it that much," Courtney Freer, a researcher at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, told Kuwaiti women's representation in parliament has actually fluctuated quite a bit since they first were able to participate.
Women held four parliamentary seats in 2009, before dropping to three in 2012, and one in 2013.
In its weekend election, the tiny oil-rich nation of Kuwait had the opportunity to substantially boost the share of women in its parliament.
And like Americans earlier this month, its voters failed to deliver those big gains.
Philip Higgins, a crew chief for the 126th Aviation Medevac unit in Bangor, is one of 120 members deployed to Kuwait during the holidays. Philip Higgins, who is in Kuwait over Christmas serving with the 126th Aviation Medevac unit of Bangor.
Higgins was allowed to come home for the birth of his son in April, and has watched him grow by video chatting on Skype. The unit's 120 members deployed to Kuwait earlier this year and are expected back in February.
Philip Higgins, a crew chief for the 126th Aviation Medevac unit in Bangor, which has 120 members in Kuwait. We can Skype at least a couple times a week,” she said.
The 126th, which is scheduled to return stateside in February, is one of several units from Maine serving overseas.
The victory for Al Hashem, a 52-year-old liberal politician, marked her third parliamentary victory—a record among the limited ranks of women who have served Kuwait as MPs.