No Female Prosecutors May Apply In Kuwait

A Kuwaiti court denied a female law school graduate the right to apply for a position as a prosecutor in the county’s judiciary. Ms.Shurouk Al-Failakawi sued because the advertisement for the position of prosecutor was posted for male prosecutors only. There is no stipulation in Kuwaiti law that prohibits females from assuming posts in the judiciary, but the Constitutional court made clear that Sharia law took precedence over secular law in Kuwait. The second article of the constitution states that Islam is “the religion of the state” and Sharia(Islamic law) is a “main source of legislation.”

Ms.Al-Failakawi was ordered to pay court costs in addition to being informed of her second class status in the country. Sharia law won today, but there will be a tomorrow all over the Muslim world in which women are finally equals of men.