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The constitutional court in Kuwait issued an order giving Kuwaiti women the right to issue personal passports and travel without their husbands’ approvals.
The court abolished an item in the Passport Act dating back to 1962 that stipulated husband approval of his wife issuing a passport. The court decision is final and not subject to appeal.
The court considered according to the wording of the issued order, the abolished item contradicts with the constitution that guarantees personal freedoms and equality between both sexes.
The court order came after a woman sued her husband for keeping her passport thereby stopping her and their three children from traveling.
The husband held to the second article of the constitution regarding the implementing of the Islamic law claiming that the Islamic law prohibits the travel of women on their own. The wife’s defense argued that this article contradicts the right to travel stated by the constitution and that the husband misused his right in issuing a passport for his wife.
Assil AlAwadi ,a female MP, declared that this decision is “ a victory for constitutional principles and puts an end to injustice done to Kuwaiti women”. She promised to work with other MPs to abolish all laws contradicting the constitution “.