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Citizenship Rights and Gender Inequality in Kuwait

By: Fatemah Albader

Article Two of Kuwait's Nationality Law states, "Any person born in, or outside, Kuwait whose father is a Kuwaiti national, shall be a Kuwaiti himself." But what about Kuwaiti mothers who are not married to Kuwaiti fathers? This article rallies to protect vulnerable children, living in Kuwait, born to Kuwaiti mothers and foreign fathers by arguing that Kuwait should grant women equal rights to confer citizenship onto their children. By analyzing the Kuwaiti Constitution and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, this article concludes that such discrimination runs counter to the Kuwaiti Constitution and international law.

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