November 2018, Year X, n. 11
Safa Al Hashem
The populist lady of Kuwait
Telos: You have made history in Kuwait by becoming the first woman to win seats in three consecutive parliamentary elections. In spite of all the hurdles you had to face. One for all, the Cassation Court disqualification, from contesting in the 2016 elections. What was your successful political manifesto?
Safa Al Hashem: First of all, I am grateful to God for being the first woman to be elected as Member on the Parliament for three consecutive times. Despite all the difficulties that I have faced, the animosity and the hurdles, as everybody putting sticks in my wheels just for being a woman, I managed to survive all that with integrity, honesty, and being close to the people who gave me their votes ...more
One woman in Kuwait is willing to stand up for what she believes, no matter the cost.
From 50 elected representatives, Safa Al Hashem is the only woman in her country’s Parliament, which is the most powerful Institution of its kind in the Gulf Cooperation Council. In Kuwait, Parliament can veto state decisions and make laws. In the Emirates, by comparison, the Federal National Council (FNC), which is not a Parliament but a consultative body, does not make laws, just recommendations. By winning her seat in 2016, Al Hashem became the ninth woman to be elected to the Parliament since women obtained the right to vote and run in national elections in 2005 ...more