Source: BBC News
On March 7, 2005 the BBC News reported, "Kuwait's parliament has agreed to speed up moves towards a law to grant women the same political rights as men. The decision came amid noisy street rallies by women activists, who were also permitted to watch the debate. But the public gallery was cleared after some activists applauded a speech by one MP in support of their cause. The cabinet has already approved a bill allowing women to vote and stand in elections, but it has been delayed in parliament by the strong Islamist bloc."