Kuwait - A Safe Place for All Women

Monday, February 22, 2021

It is always a good feeling to stay in a place where women are treated with respect and great honor. Kuwait is traditionally having these traits, and this is engrained in the culture and traditions of Kuwait. It is nice to see that men see women in opposite direction on the same path, the men move aide or stand aside to let the women pass. Many such incidents are witnessed when one goes to a marketplace or a shop.

This being said, some women both of Kuwaiti origin and expats were asked on their feelings and IIK is happy to record their positive thoughts on the same.

IIK asked a common question to all these women: How do you feel as a woman about the general outlook of society towards women in Kuwait:

Alka : As an expat woman in Kuwait, who has had the experience of working with Kuwaiti as well as expat women in senior corporate positions, I feel women here are given due respect by the society. There is a balanced approach in how women are treated. That women are free to dress up as they like, is a sign of a mature society, though of course dressing up decently is not an unreasonable expectation, by any standards.

Deepika: As an Expat Woman staying in Kuwait for the past 14 years, I feel this country is my second home. I have never been restricted to do anything by respecting the law of the land... I have been given equal rights as the men both in the workplace and in society. Not faced any discrimination in this country. This is what I like about this Country.. Women are treated equally. We have the freedom to do what we want within the boundaries of the rules. Being part of a company where we conduct public events, I have got opportunities to associate with other women and conduct events exclusively for Women. I am grateful to Kuwait for allowing women to be what they want to be and giving me many opportunities to enhance myself.

Farah: Of late there is more spotlight on women’s rights. More rights are provided to women to enhance their role in development of country because previous experience has shown that competence and ability of women if used properly will end on a successful note. I am hoping now more freedom and empowerment is given to women by enacting laws that preserve their rights and protect them.

Fatma: In general, the Kuwait’s society outlook towards woman is of respect to women and are treated equally with men in everything ... they can work everywhere in all positions without any restrictions... women get all their rights in Kuwait, Truly I am grateful and thankful for everything Kuwait made it for us women.

Hazel: Kuwait is a second home to me after India. I studied here for four years and then got married here and am living here since then. I love Kuwait from the heart as this land has given us a reason to appreciate everything we have, be it our jobs and the beautiful quality of life we daily enjoy

Israa: In Kuwait, I am given status and respect in my home, in public and most importantly at work. I am seen as equal in my field and there is no differentiation between female and male peers.

Lakshmi: For the last 23 years, I am resident in Kuwait. In my career I used to drive a lot and travel a lot which leads to reaching home late sometimes. And I always felt safe in staying in Kuwait. In my opinion Kuwait is one of the safest countries for professional Women. In ours and our client’s organizations I have seen women in powerful positions and work hard equally and sometimes more than men. This is possible from the encouraging environment that exists in Kuwait. Thank you, Kuwait.

Maha: Kuwait always encourages the role of women in the process of economic and social development, with an emphasis on their role in raising children and caring for the family. Women in Kuwaiti society have full rights and duties. The Kuwaiti constitution guarantees women and their advancement in all fields in order to guarantee them the exercise and enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms on the basis of equality with men.

Nadine: Life in Kuwait has its ups and downs, just like any other country. However, there are many good experiences to be had in Kuwait. As a compat woman who was born and raised in Kuwait, life here is very comfortable and it is perfectly a safe place for women to build up their career and future. Adding to this, as a woman you can drive, have your own bank account, work and walk around alone without worrying and having a male permission. In fact, in Kuwait women are equal to men in everything.

Parimita - Kuwait has been my home for the last 15 years. Due to the nature of my husband’s job, I need to manage most of my doctor's visit, taking kids out to buy their school activity stuff, marketing, and many more activities alone. Never ever did I face any problem. Once he was out of Kuwait for nearly 2 months and kids wanted to go out on weekends. Me n my 2 kids , go out n return late. Kuwait is no doubt one of the safest country to move around. The respect they have for women can be seen when they stop the car, to allow a lady to cross the road.

Reshmy - I have been working in Kuwait for the past 17 years. I always felt a very positive and encouraging attitude from people around me. To be frank during my initial days I was very intimidated to interact and soon found that my worries were for nothing. Being a woman was never a barrier for me to live the fullest in Kuwait.

Sarah: I have lived in many countries around the world, but I have never known the kind of professional success and happiness that I have known Kuwait. Here, I can balance between love and respect, and a coworker means a lasting friend. Society as a whole is a community – oriented- culture which supports growth and development in the past ten years, and I have witnessed the increasing leadership roles women are taking on in society and the resulting positive impact.

So dear readers, if women are feeling so safe in Kuwait, what else one could ask for. It is said in many traditions, “Where women are respected and given opportunity that country shall go strong for years to come” So lets all say in unison, “Shukran Kuwait”

Initiated by Mr. S. Surya Prakash.



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