Kuwaiti Women Win Passport Rights
In a landmark decision the Constitutional Court of Kuwait has granted women the right to obtain passports. Previously, women in Kuwait could only obtain passports and travel documents with the consent of their husbands or guardians.
The highest court in the Gulf Arab nation issued the ruling on Tuesday, abrogating an article in a 1962 law that required women to gain their husband's prior approval before travelling.
The Kuwait constitution guarantees gender equality. Women were granted the right to vote in 2005 and participate in elections. Currently four women sit in the Kuwaiti parliament.