Tis the Season for Change

What killed me the most during the elections of 2006 was when asking some women whether this would vote for a women candidate their reply was always “NO” and their reasons were so SO stupid that I couldn’t even find the enegery or will to argue with them.  One of the most repeated excuse was “Men have been in the parliament for a long time, and they haven’t been able to change anything what is a women going to change.”  or “A women doesn’t understand politics, its a mans place” (this really pissed me off, what are we STUPID?  Are Margeret Thatcher, Hilary Clinton, Condi Rice, Benazir Bhutto (allah yer7amha), etc better than the Kuwaiti women candidates??????????? ” A women should concentrate on her home, if she gets into the parliament this will take her away min bait’ha oo 3yalha” (ummm most women running have OLDER kids, have a VERY good career and/or has no kids! .. o0 il khitamiya “ISTAQFERALLAH, Shloon adakhil il marah il majlis waga3idha bain il riyaayeel”

At first I tried to talk some sense into them, that no one knows the issues of women except for your fellow women.  Kuwait has been a free, independent country for more than 40 years, and yes the rights of women have been getting better, BUT the road is LONG.  There are so many other rights that we need and truthfully need to get, and I don’t see these men caring at all, liana that will give them less power over their wives, sisters etc. 

I think its time for a change, I hope AT LEAST one women makes it to parliament, but I think we need more.  We also need to see younger new faces that are promising.  A lot of the former MPs talk talk talk and then they make it into parliament and they do nothing.  Then its election time again and they talk talk talk again and make fake promises. 

What issues are important to you this election?  Which candidates do you with to see in the parliament?

I care about the rights of kuwaiti women,  state of education in Kuwait, the medical care (hopsitals and such), the inflation rate, the prices of land,  removing isqa6 il qurooth from the agenda .. the thought of them dropping the loans is scary .. I dont want to know what will happen to the economy.  Among other issues ofcourse.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sunshine
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 11:48:46

    Oh dear God! This is the reason why e7na (Kuwait) are moving backwards not forward!


  2. greyshorts
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 11:59:57

    You said it 40 years , we are still a new country . I actually think – and I’m rarely if ever optimistic- that Kuwait is moving rather briskly into hopeful change .

    Honestly i know its rather selfish of me but inflation is the number one issue i want taken care of . Its getting ridiculous .


  3. eshda3wa
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 20:17:29

    anyone that talks about e9qa6 elqorooth should get a big rad X drawn acrooss their face!
    wain ga3deen!

    Its one thing to talk about controlling the interest rate, but dropping all loans, not that is just preposterous!

    and i do hope women make it into the parliment.. women are their own worst enemy.

    and its SO SO SAD to see how many ppl just dont want to vote!

    its our duty towards kuwait!


  4. Hasan.B
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 20:18:34

    With all do respect, no women deserves wining this year except Aseel Al 3awathe


  5. q8ya
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 21:00:58

    yeah thats true it sucks that people think that women aren’t eligible to be in the parliament, and they do have dumb excises.

    but women rights are very new and i do think that its still a bit hard for women to be in the parliament for the reasons stated in your blog there are a huge amount of people in kuwait that are against women rights, all we gotta do is vote for who’s right for the job and hope for the best.

    i also think that the next generation will bring the women to the parliament who knows since its not really working out right now maybe women will make some changes and thing might work out.

    i really do hope the people will vote for those who are honest and are “gad il masoolya” and those who we know will be in the right path, either women or men.

    and finally i really hope the people will be wise and avoid those who buy votes, kuwait is really precious for it to go down becaie of those type of people

    thank you 🙂


  6. q8ya
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 21:01:49

    excises = excuses 😛


  7. Prophet
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 12:40:23

    I don’t think women should run for parliament. I don’t think men should run for it either. I think that sea urchins should be the only ones that can become MPs.

    They’d probably do a better job than whoever is currently available.


    It is this country’s uncivilized society and attitude towards life, change, and the future that hinders its evolution into something better.

    No matter how many laws they pass, no one man nor woman in Parliament be able to make the most important change this nation needs- a change in thought.


  8. G.E&B
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 13:28:46

    I think it’s still hard because we, collective we, can’t really visualize it. The woman MP, what does she look like, how does she dress…all of that…

    all the visuals we have, mainly tv, have portrayed women in power as crazy dominatrix/bad parent.

    we’ll get there eventually, I’m optimistic. As greyshorts said Kuwait is younger than most of our parents…give it a break.


  9. N.
    May 01, 2008 @ 09:06:16

    Issues that are important to me: education, welfare, health, and economy. Nearly everything else is a derivative of these topics.

    To add to what Prophet said at the end, we need an Intellectual revolution.


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