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Kuwait judiciary has "no plans to hire women", chief says

Comment comes after the Kuwait judiciary published advertisements in newspapers seeking only men to apply for prosecutors’ jobs

Kuwait judiciary has "no plans to hire women", chief says
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Kuwait’s judiciary chief has cast doubt on the role of women in the sector, saying it had no plans to hire female prosecutors “this year and for a limited period of time”, it was reported.

Last week the Justice Ministry drew the ire of some Kuwaiti MPs after it published advertisements in newspapers seeking only men to apply for prosecutors’ jobs.

This was despite last year ruling that women be allowed to serve as judges.

Supreme Judiciary Council chairman Faisal Al Mershed said the decision had been made pending an assessment in the public prosecution department, Kuwait Times reported.

In a statement, he said the council had taken into consideration the profession’s conditions, transitions and customs.

He said its decision “did not imply belittling” the potential and talents of women but was based strictly on “considerations and convenience”, it was reported.

Al Mershed said the Kuwaiti constitution stipulated that Islamic sharia law was the main source of legislation  but conceded that judicial laws did not include a clear text that prohibited women’s employment in the sector.

He said Islamic jurisprudence schools differed on assigning women to such “leading and key posts”.

Salma Saeed 5 years ago

Kuwait is way in Stone Age world . learn something from your neighbours (UAE , Bahrain) , European Countries

RAH 5 years ago

This article really seems long winded. When reading the arabic dailies, the story is short and to the point:

Al Murshed stated that women were just recently allowed to serve in the public prosecutors’ office, allowed just last year.

The council now wants the workplace to amalgamate with these women before hiring more in new posts, posts such as legal researchers which is what last week’s ad was advertising job opening for.

Oh and there is something a miss here. Article here says no jobs for female prosecutors whereas the reality is, and what the arabic dailies correctly reported, female public prosecutors were hired last year. This year’s ad (for male only) was for the post of legal researchers.

laila 5 years ago

Kuwaiti society is the most liberal society in the Arabian Gulf

Among the Gulf states, Kuwait has the:

-Highest percentage of local women who don't wear the abaya

-Highest percentage of local women who don't wear the hijab

-Highest percentage of local citizens wearing Western clothes

Virtually all Emirati women wear the black abaya and hijab because in Emirati society local women aren't allowed to wear Western style clothes.

Many Kuwaiti women don't wear the abaya, Western-style clothing is common among Kuwaiti women. In Kuwaiti society, it's socially acceptable and common for local women to wear Western clothes

50% of Kuwaiti women work. How many Emirati women work? UAE is more discriminatory to women than Kuwait.