“Kuwait has appointed its first female cabinet minister a month after parliament agreed to let women vote and stand for office,” reports the BBC. “Massouma al-Mubarak, a political science professor and columnist, was named as planning minister and minister for administrative development.” Earlier this month …
Kuwait would be the third country in the conservative Gulf Arab region to have a woman cabinet member.
Rola Dashti, a leading women’s rights activist and close friend of Mubarak, told Reuters: “Dr. Massouma al-Mubarak has been informed that she has been appointed as planning minister and minister of state for administrative development affairs.”
PHOTO ABOVE: “Kuwaiti women have welcomed the political reforms,” BBC. I could not find a photo of Ms. Mubarak.