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Attack on women fuels gender debate ahead of assembly elections in Kuwait

It's one of a number of attacks, some fatal, against women in recent years that are focusing attention on gender-based violence, political representation and rights as Kuwaitis prepare to vote

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Elsewhere in the Middle East, women are demanding the end of repressive policies or winning some freedoms (Photo: Reuters)

Fiona MacDonald | Bloomberg
After a video of a man beating his wife on a Kuwait sidewalk spread on social media this month, the outcry was swift. Anger grew once local media reported the cause of the assault: the woman had taken a job without her husband’s permission.
It’s one of a number of attacks, some fatal, against women in recent years that are focusing attention on gender-based violence, political representation and economic rights as Kuwaitis prepare to vote Thursday in a rare display of regional democracy.

Kuwait may be the sole Arab Gulf nation to offer its citizens a genuine say in how they

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First Published: Sep 28 2022 | 8:26 AM IST

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