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Kuwait

  • By: Miranda E. Jennings
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Britain oversaw foreign relations and defense for the ruling Kuwaiti Al-Sabah dynasty from 1899 until independence in 1961. Although the 1962 constitution provides men and women with equal rights in most areas, only men 21 years and older are allowed to vote or run for office. Women are still not allowed to vote in Kuwait.

Traditional Roles and Family

Traditionally, women have been relegated to the home to clean, cook, and feed and care for the children. However, women have gradually been taking upper-level positions and responsibilities in the country due to the expansion and growth of Kuwait, after opportunities for education and employment opened up for women early in the 1960s. The number of women gaining an education and working outside the home is steadily increasing, ...

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