Day 4, Rola Dashti: MAKERS Celebrates 20 Women of the 1995 UN Conference on Women

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing, we're featuring 20 incredible women on MAKERS who particpiated in the largest ever international gathering of women.

Rola Dashti is a former parliamentarian, leading economist, and women’s rights activist in Kuwait.  She was a primary force behind the campaign to secure Kuwaiti women’s right to vote and run for elected office.  In 1995, she traveled to the UN gathering in Beijing and Huairou to raise awareness about Kuwaiti women’s lack of political rights and detention in Iraq as prisoners of war.  Thanks to the tireless lobbying of Dashti and her peers, Kuwait women were finally granted voting and political rights in 2005, and Dashti became one of the first four women elected to Kuwait’s Parliament in 2009.  She went on to serve as Kuwait’s first female Cabinet ministers.

Check back here as we unveil more stories from these incredible women, as part of a special countdown culnimating in the annoucement of a MAKERS surprise.

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