Kuwait's highest court granted women the right to obtain a passport without their husband's approval, the case's lawyer said Wednesday, in the latest stride for women's rights in this small oil-rich emirate.
Unlike with highly conservative neighbors like Saudi Arabia, women in Kuwait can vote, serve in parliament and drive — and now can obtain their own passports.
In many countries in the region, women cannot travel or obtain a passport without the consent of their male guardian.
Attorney Adel Qurban, whose case the court was ruling on, said the landmark decision "freed" Kuwaiti women from the 1962 law requiring their husband's signature to obtain a passport.
His client, Fatima al-Baghli, is one of thousands of women who have been petitioning courts for this right.
The court found the article in the decades-old law "unconstitutional" because it goes against the principal of equal rights for men and women.