Good news! Female victories! Yay!

18 05 2009

Good news from Kuwait and Lithuania!

First, from Kuwait:

Congratulations to Aseel al-Awadhi, Rula Dashti, Salwa al-Jassar, and Massouma al-Mubarak!   These four women won seats in the Kuwaiti Parliament (with 50 seats altogether) for the first time in Kuwaiti history!

From left to right: Aseel al-Awadhi, Rola Dashti, Salwa al-Jassar and Massouma al-Mubarak

From left to right: Aseel al-Awadhi, Rola Dashti, Salwa al-Jassar and Massouma al-Mubarak

Four seats may not seem like a lot but consider that in the U.S., there are currently only 17 female senators out of 100 and 76 female representatives out of 435.  What’s more, Kuwaiti women gained the right to vote and run for office just recently, in 2005, but none had been elected until now.  Said Awadhi, “It’s a victory for Kuwaiti women and a victory for Kuwaiti democracy.  This is a major leap forward.”

And in Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, European Union Budget Chief, was elected as the country’s first female president by an overwhelming victory (she won 68.17% of the votes)!

Grybauskaite, Lithuania's first female president.

Grybauskaite, Lithuania's first female president.

Grybauskaite, a black-belt in karate and a “tough-talking former finance minister”, ran as an independent and said, “I think that the political elite devaluated themselves and people do not trust local politics any more.  And my own experience and my own results in my career show people that I can be trusted.”  She faces the challenge of improving Lithuania’s declining economy and strives to create and implement a policy that will “stabilize public finances, stimulate exports, absorb EU aid faster and provide tax breaks for small and medium-sized businesses.”

Congratulations to these five amazing, impressive and inspirational women!  Their victories are super exciting!


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