Fundamental Rights

In Sarah Alzouman’s article entitled “Dream for an Equal Role of Women in Society,” the role of women in almost all aspect of life has been presented. The article discussed the events that transpired in the round table discussion held on March 10, 2009. The discussion was hosted by Sout Al-Kuwait and attended by several women activists representing different fields such as art, politics, journalism and sports (Alzouman). In the said discussion, Nabila Al-Anjeri and Dr. Assel Alawadhi, both parliamentary candidates reiterated the unique role of women in the society (Alzouman).

According to the speakers, women in Kuwait have potentials of helping the society to change for the better. The patriarchal society that is controlling in the country is actually curtailing the right of the women to equality. Aside from that, the perception of men that women have no place in politics and several fields ruled by men is putting women in degrading position. Likewise, in education, the segregation style of education is being criticized because it is seen as a form of discrimination.

Also, in the field of sports, the women are being hindered from improving their skills as they are not exposed in international competitions unlike other players in other countries. Furthermore, in the field of politics, women are also relevant in helping the parliament design for policies that will address the demands and needs of the whole nation as they have unique expertise in some areas like welfare. Hence, women should be equally given the opportunity to participate in all facets of life. Equality between men and women has always been an issue in almost all countries.

Since the creation of man, woman was always put on the disadvantage position merely because of various cultural notions. Women have always been perceived to be inferior to men. In addressing the inequality, the Kuwait Constitution has inculcated provisions promoting equality among citizens regardless of sex. Article 7 of Part II of the Constitution specifically states that; “Justice, Liberty and Equality are the pillars of Society; co- operation and mutual help are the firmest bonds between citizens” (“Constitution,” n. p. ).

Article 8 further states that; “The state safeguards the pillars of Society and ensures security, tranquility and equal opportunities for citizens” (“Constitution,” n. p. ). Notably, pillars are understood to be an essential foundation that provides sturdy support. Hence, without a pillar, a state, for example, would be weak and every effort would be futile. The two provisions of the Constitution provided are clear in its message of recognizing the importance of equality.

Equality within state, as generally understood, entails the concept of having no mark of unfairness and partiality and no sign of discrimination. In the state of Kuwait, all citizens have been constitutionally respected to be equal in all opportunities which include politics, sports, arts, and many more. However, in relating the article with the fundamental rights, there is clear violation especially on equality. All opportunities have been constitutionally recognized to be open to all citizens.

But the present status of the state is a clear infringement. Limiting the political, social, and economic freedom of women is a clear evidence of unfairness. In addition, it is also curtailing every woman’s right to improve their potentials as a free citizen of the state. Although women have been welcomed to join political, economic, and social affairs, the result is still not convincing because the number of women in politics and in several areas are still few and the society has not yet fully changed the patriarchal environment of the state.

Thus, equality, one of the pillars of the state, has not yet been realized and recognized until the present. Works Cited Alzouman, Sarah. “Dream for an equal role for women in society. ” 11 March 2009. Kuwait Times. 17 March 2009 <http://www. kuwaittimes. net/read_news. php? newsid=NDA3MDQ0Mzcz>. “Constitution. ” 2009. Kuwait Info. 17 March 17 <http://www. kuwait-info. com/a_state_system/state_system_articles2. asp>.