BBC News, 17 May 2009, “Kuwait votes for first female MPs“
“Kuwait votes for first female MPs” details the admittance of four women to parliament after the right to vote and stand for parliament was extended to Kuwaiti women in 2005. One of the first tasks of the new parliament will be to vote on a large stimulus package to combat the current economic recession. Recent delays to development endeavors and stimulus spending has stranded Kuwait in a state of development stasis.
Daily News Egypt, Safaa Abdoun, 4 May 2009, “Nadeem Center calls for an end to domestic violence against women“
The Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence based in Cairo, Egypt has called for a law that criminalizes violence against women. In concurrence with the campaign, the Nadeem Center released a study examining rates of domestic abuse in Egypt which have not declined, despite the increased efforts of the Egyptian government and NGOs.