Women in Kuwait could soon be allowed to serve in the army

Women in Kuwait could soon be allowed to serve in the army
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07 September, 2021
A study into allowing women to join Kuwait's army will be conducted by the end of this year, a commander has said.
Women are already part of Kuwait's police force [Getty]

Kuwait is looking at allowing women to join the national army, a military official said on Monday.

A study into allowing women to join the army will be conducted by the end of this year, Major General Dr. Khaled Al-Kandari told Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Anbaa.

Al-Kandari made the comment while taking part in a public awareness campaign aimed at boosting troop numbers and encouraging young men who have yet to comply with their conscription to do so.

Kuwait resumed military conscription for its men in 2017, after a 16-year break.

In 2018, Kuwait's then defence minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Sabah said he backed the inclusion of women in the Kuwaiti army.

Women are already part of Kuwait's police force. They were allowed to join in 2001.

Gulf states that allow women to join the army include Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.