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Exemple: remarque lors de la considération du premier rapport périodique de Kuwait

Ms. Gaspard, noting the understandably deep concern among Committee members at Kuwait being the only remaining country to deny women the right to vote, said that history had provided many examples of men who had put up resistance to women’s suffrage. In her own country, France, Parliament had rejected legislation to guarantee women’s right to vote 21 times between 1919 and 1939. In Kuwait, objections were made by men who did not wish to see their wives or daughters being solicited by political candidates without a male presence. In France, a high-ranking prewar political official had said that a ballot would not be elegant in a woman’s hands, which were meant for gloves and rings. In both instances, resistance to granting women full political citizenship came from political officials and parties. Contemporary Kuwait, however, offered a different example from pre-war France in that Kuwaiti women were highly educated, and, in some respects, better educated than their male counterparts.

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