Kuwait’s women have been allowed to join the army, but the Ministry of Defense has decided not to give weapons to women soldiers. Along with this, women in the armed forces will have to cover their heads.

Women in Kuwait are upset that they have been allowed by the army to join the role of soldiers, but the Defense Ministry has decided not to give weapons to women soldiers. Along with this, it has been said that women soldiers will have to take permission from male soldiers before taking any step on the border. Along with this, women in the armed forces will have to cover their heads.

Decision like ‘one step forward, two steps back’

People have described this decision of the Ministry of Defense as ‘one step forward, two steps back’. This move has started an online movement in Kuwait, with many openly opposing it.

‘On what basis does the government consider women weak’

Gadir Al-Khashti, a sports teacher and member of the Kuwait Football Association’s Women’s Committee, said, “I don’t know why there are these restrictions to join the army.” We have women working in every field including the police force. He said, ‘My mother used to hide weapons in her clothes and deliver them to the soldiers. Even my father never stopped him. I do not understand on what basis the government considers women weak.

In October last year, permission was given to join the army.

Let us tell you, in October last year, women were allowed to join the army. In January, the Kuwait government started the process of recruiting women in the army. Several thousand women had applied for recruitment in the army. To join the army, the eligibility has been kept for university diploma or graduation. Women between 18 to 26 years can apply.

There was no right to vote before the year 2005

Significantly, Kuwaiti women got the right to vote in the year 2005. Women have been active in both the cabinet and parliament, though their representation in both has been low and poor. Experts say that there are still many problems facing women in Kuwait, which need to be improved.

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