Eight women are registered as candidates for the parliamentary elections that will take place in Kuwait on July 27. The number of total candidates is 418 (1.9% are women).
In 2009, four women were elected to the National Assembly for the first time in Kuwait's history - no woman was elected before. At that time, Aseel al-Awadhi, Rula Dashti, Salwa al-Jassar and Masouma al-Mubarak represented 8% of total parliamentary.
In the last elections, which took place on December 2012, three women were elected to the National Assembly of Kuwait, which has a total of 50 directly elected members. Until 2005, women in Kuwait did not have the right to vote or run for office.