[state] women’s political participation

There is a silent revolution taking place in the most disparate and unlikely places around the world. It is changing the structures, and the very texture of democracy and governance in those countries.
The arrival of women on Kuwait's political stage is matched in significance by the quiet rise of Islamists, says Raymond Barrett.
Although no female candidate standing in Kuwait's elections on Thursday won a seat, one maintained it was only `a matter of time' before a woman was elected.
While municipal and parliamentary elections are likely to take place in October or November, more efforts are being made by the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) for political empowerment of women.
First came a letter carrying a stern warning: "Quit the race, or else." Next, unidentified attackers cut up and sprayed insults over campaign billboards.
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