Kuwait: Debate over the headscarves of female ministers
On the other hand, MP Saleh Al-Mulla said no one was entitled to force others to dress in a certain manner. "Wearing a hijab is totally personal issue. In a democracy like Kuwait, the hijab must not be imposed on women. It is something between worshippers and Allah," he added.
On the same front, may female political activists like lawyer Najla Al-Naqqi, Dr. Ghanimah Al-Haidar (who wears a hijab), Ayesha Al-Reshaid, Fatima Al-Nahham and Ayesha Al-Ameeri slammed the calls to force both ministers wear hijabs. "There are far more important issues to be tackled and tended to than forcing the two ministers to wear a hijab," argued Al-Naqqi criticizing MPs who had made their way to the Parliament by women's votes without even raising such an issue on any of their electoral campaign agendas or meetings.
This is a strictly personal issue between a woman and Allah," said Dr. Ghanimah Al-Haidar highlighting that not wearing hijabs had not hindered women's practical lives nor careers. On her part, Fatima Al-Nahham stressed that both ministers had been appointed in accordance to the wish of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as an integral part of his authority. "In accordance to article 50 of the constitution, legislatives must not interfere in the authorities of the executives," Al-Nahham added.
27 August 2008
Source: Kuwait Times
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