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2000: Women's rights activists continue their struggle to gain the right to vote and stand for political office in Kuwait.

After being turned away by officials from registration centers, which opened in February to update the all-male voters lists, a number of women file a complaint against the interior minister, al-Shaikh Mohammad Khaled al-Sabah. This challenge to the legitimacy of Kuwait's electoral law, which denies women the right to vote, is heard by the Constitutional Court in June and is rejected.

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NPR talks with Shafeeq Ghabra, executive director of the Kuwait Information Office in Washington and a professor on sabbatical from Kuwait University, about the Kuwaiti parliament;s rejection of a decree giving women the right to vote and run for office.