I was waiting at the traffic light when this new campaign by Ministry of Justice took my attention, the campaign is actually to encourage youths to get married by stating that marriage has a higher priority than travelling, projects, car, friends, study, and a job.
My debate is how marriage is supposed to be more important that a studying and getting a job? Basically marriage is near impossible without them; not having a college degree means not getting a proper job which means low income that can lead to financial problems which in turn can end up a marriage. Also almost all families consider having a proper college degree and a good job essential criteria for marriage unless they’re referring to marriage only from biological point of view. I’m also wondering about the reason they launched this campaign, is marriage rates dropping in Kuwait? or possible divorce rates are increasing?
I saw the latest statistics from Kuwaiti Ministry of Justice and it mentions that divorce rates in Kuwait continue to increase with over 27,500 divorce cases in 2010 alone and that’s 10% higher than 2009, so 62.9% get divorced from the new marriages, that’s the world’s highest !
Lawyers say that the main reasons behind the high number of divorces in Kuwait are incompatibility between couples and a lack of understanding of the common duties of marriage.
Divorce can cause depression, social problems such as bad image, financial issues, and can have major destructive effects on children. We wanted to identify the main reason of divorce in Kuwait for public benefit.
I read news about Kuwaiti government finally agreeing to have women work as court judges during the Human Rights meeting in Genève. This is a big step forward as many men refused the idea of a women judge mainly due to religious reasons.
I think United Arab Emirates and Qatar have also allowed women to work as judges. I’m not sure how this will turn out, but I know for sure its a big responsibility !
Update: After a year of posting this, I received news that Kuwait has agreed to assign women judges.