Na­tional As­sem­bly's fe­male se­cu­rity force, victory for women em­pow­er­ment

Reap­ing the fruits of years of de­ter­mi­na­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT:

The in­clu­sion of fe­male se­cu­rity per­son­nel in the Na­tional As­sem­bly's Guard is con­sid­ered as an­other victory for women em­pow­er­ment in Kuwait. Af­ter reach­ing sev­eral key po­si­tions within the public and pri­vate do­mains, the am­bi­tion to be in­cluded in the state's se­cu­rity and armed forces took years to achieve.

With their de­ter­mi­na­tion and will­ing­ness to pro­tect Kuwait, women fi­nally at­tained their po­si­tion along­side men in ser­vice of the coun­try. Speak­ing in sep­a­rate in­ter­views, a num­ber of fe­male and male se­cu­rity per­son­nel ex­pressed their sat­is­fac­tion with the cur­rent sta­tus quo, af­firm­ing that they were ea­ger for more gains in the fu­ture.

Nu­mer­ous pres­sures

As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for the Na­tional As­sem­bly Guard Gen­eral Khaled Al-Waqeet com­mended the per­for­mance of the fe­male unit, say­ing that the work they have car­ried

‘Tremen­dous work de­spite nu­mer­ous pres­sures.’

out so far was tremen­dous de­spite nu­mer­ous pres­sures. "There are five fe­male per­son­nel cur­rently on duty at the Na­tional As­sem­bly," said the Gen­eral, re­veal­ing that 14 fe­male cadets were be­ing trained to join the cur­rent force.

The Na­tional As­sem­bly is one of the most im­por­tant sites in the coun­try which re­quired a huge amount of ef­fort to se­cure, said Gen­eral Waqeet, adding that fe­male se­cu­rity of­fi­cers car­ried out the same du­ties to in­spect visi­tors, pro­tect of­fi­cials, and fend off any harm that might be in­flicted on par­lia­ment. The par­lia­men­tary guards will co­op­er­ate with Kuwait Na­tional Guard (KNG), the In­te­rior and De­fense Min­istries to fur­ther de­velop the se­cu­rity staff at the Na­tional As­sem­bly, said Gen­eral Waqeet.

Ap­pre­hen­sive at first

Mean­while, Of­fi­cer En­ti­sar Al-Sahli said that the process of be­com­ing a guard in­volved six months of train­ing. "At first, our male col­leagues felt a bit ap­pre­hen­sive, but with time, they be­gan to ac­cept us as their peers," said Sahli, af­firm­ing that she gained a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence op­er­at­ing as a par­lia­men­tary guard.

‘Na­tional As­sem­bly re­quires a huge amount of ef­fort to se­cure.’

Echo­ing sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments, Of­fi­cers Lat­ifa Muf­tah, Sarah Al-Sar­raf, Eman Al-Shaya, and Sher­i­fah Al-Mkaimi said that be­ing part of Kuwait's se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus was a life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, re­veal­ing that they faced the same kind of un­easi­ness from their male coun­ter­parts when they be­gan work­ing.

Shar­ing a com­mon goal and pur­pose re­ally breaks down so­cial and gen­der bar­ri­ers, the of­fi­cers agreed, say­ing that both male and fe­male per­son­nel were now work­ing side by side and shoul­der to shoul­der to serve Kuwait.

Smooth op­er­a­tion

On the flip side of the coin, Na­tional As­sem­bly Of­fi­cers Jar­al­lah Al-Jar­al­lah, Ab­dulka­reem Nasser, and Ab­dul­lah AlFaraj said that they felt anx­ious when they be­gan to in­clude fe­male per­son­nel, but all matters went smoothly when they be­gan to co­op­er­ate in ful­fill­ing se­cu­rity du­ties at par­lia­ment.

The male se­cu­rity per­son­nel said they were glad to be work­ing with their fe­male col­leagues, af­firm­ing that the men and women of the Na­tional As­sem­bly Guard will stand as one in face of all dan­gers and ad­ver­saries. — KUNA

‘At first, our male col­leagues felt a bit ap­pre­hen­sive, but with time, they be­gan to ac­cept us’

KUWAIT: Fe­male se­cu­rity per­son­nel par­tic­i­pate in a train­ing course. — KUNA

Na­tional As­sem­bly's fe­male guards on duty.

A Na­tional As­sem­bly's fe­male guard over­sees scan­ning ma­te­rial be­fore they en­ter the build­ing.

Na­tional As­sem­bly's fe­male guards on duty.

As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for the Na­tional As­sem­bly Guard Gen­eral Khaled Al-Waqeet

A Na­tional As­sem­bly's fe­male guard is hon­ored for her ef­forts.

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