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Kuwaiti MP hits back in female athletes row

MP says misogyny is at heart of proposed ban on Olympic Games participation.

Kuwaiti MP hits back in female athletes row
CONTROVERSY: A Kuwaiti MP has called for women to be banned from participating in the Olympic Games.

A Kuwaiti MP has claimed that a ban on the country’s women participating in the Olympics would be contrary to the constitution, the Kuwait Times has reported.

Dr Aseel Al-Awadhi was responding to fellow parliamentarian Jamaan Al-Harbish’s demands to ban female participation in the global sporting event.

“We are a state that resorts to the constitution in all matters under dispute and the constitution and Kuwaiti law do not ban women from participating in the Olympic Games and sports in general," said Al-Awadhi, according to the paper.

The MP indicated that such a move would direct the constitutional article that outlaws any form of discrimination between citizens.

She also added that female competitors from many other Muslim societies took part in the Olympic Games and that the Kuwaiti issue was more to do with ingrained misogyny, rather than a strict interpretation of Islam.

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Joe 10 years ago

I would like to ask, " What gives a Man anywhere including Kuwait the Right to Dictate or make laws which affect the women". Should'nt women be also consulted in issues which affect and concerntheir lives? It is about time for the Women from such nations to Stand Up and fight for their Rights. If by some chance the roles were reveresed, how would the Men feel if the Women set the terms and laws as what Men could do?