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27. May 2009

Rola Dasthi © Rola Dashti

Rola Dashti

Rola Dashti for Parliament

The SAVE activist was elected to the Kuwait Parliament

Rola Dashti is one of four women elected to the Kuwait parliament - the first ever! We congratulate!

Rola Dashti, who was listed among the world’s 100 most powerful Arabs in 2007, is the Chairperson of the Kuwait Economic Society. She is the first woman to hold this position since its inception in 1970. She has successfully combined her academic and economic prowess with the economic empowerment of women through her work in various organizations; Rola Dashti further lobbied for the May 2005 decree allowing Kuwaiti women to vote and run for parliamentary elections for the first time and was a candidate in the historic 2006 parliamentary elections. She has also encouraged and assisted women from Bahrain, Jordan, and Algeria to become elected members of their respective parliaments.

Click here to read an article about the historical result of the elections in the New York Times.


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