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Domestic Violence Law Signals Hope for Kuwait’s Women

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Click to expand Image The Kuwait city skyline is seen through haze in Kuwait City. © 2016 AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari, File This month, after years of activism, Kuwaiti women’s rights activists won a new law establishing protections against domestic violence. The need for this law was underscored on September 9 when Fatima al-Ajmi, aged 35 and pregnant, was shot repeatedly and killed, reportedly by a family member for marrying a man outside of her family’s community. Her killer had reportedly threatened her before. In 2019, I spoke to nine women in Kuwait who described facing abuse from…

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