Qataris shun female election candidates, but they’re not giving up

The contenders were seeking to improve women’s and children’s integration into the nation’s paternalist society

03 October 2021 - 17:48 By Lisa Barrington and Andrew Mills

Voters chose none of the 26 women who stood for election in Qatar’s first legislative elections on Saturday, disappointing candidates who had wanted to lend a voice for women and other Qataris in the Gulf monarchy’s political process.

The vote was for 30 members of the 45-seat advisory Shura Council, while the emir will continue to appoint the remaining 15 members of the body that can approve a limited scope of policies for the small but wealthy country, which bans political parties...

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