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1/6/2006 - Yemen Has First Woman Presidential Candidate
At an Arab women's conference, Sumayah Ali Raja, chair of the Yemen-French Forum, announced she will run in Yemen's 2006 presidential election....

12/7/2005 - First Women Elected in Saudi Arabia
Lama Al-Sulaiman and Nashwa Taher have become the first Saudi women to be elected, winning seats on the board of the Jiddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry....

11/28/2005 - Saudi Women Vote in First Election with Female Candidates
Seventeen women ran as candidates in the election for the board of directors of the Jiddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, making it the first time women have been on a ballot in Saudi Arabia....

10/10/2005 - Liberia Could Elect First Woman President
Liberia could elect its first female president on Tuesday....

9/20/2005 - SPECIAL REPORT: Brave Afghan Women Vote, Run for Office Amidst Violence
Media reports on the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan on Sunday were varied and scant....

9/16/2005 - Afghans to Vote Sunday
The citizens of Afghanistan will vote on Sunday for a national assembly and members of 34 provincial councils....

8/18/2005 - Afghan Women Run for Office Amid Increasing Intimidation and Threats
Nearly 600 Afghan women are running for office in the country's first legislative elections since the fall of the Taliban in 2001....

8/10/2005 - Afghan Woman Executed by Taliban
An unidentified Afghan woman was killed in her home in the southern district of Zabul by Taliban militants yesterday....

8/2/2005 - Afghan Women Running for Office Face Obstacles
Afghan women candidates in the upcoming September 18 parliamentary elections are running despite threatening letters and phone calls demanding that they withdraw from the election....

6/13/2005 - Iranian Women Protest Sex Discrimination
Approximately 250 women gathered in front of Tehran University yesterday and 200 others gathered nearby to protest sex discrimination imposed on them through Islamic or sharia law....

6/13/2005 - First Woman Minister Appointed to Cabinet in Kuwait
Kuwait named its first woman cabinet minister yesterday, the latest in a series of advancements for women's rights in Kuwait....

6/7/2005 - Two Women Appointed to Office in Kuwait
Further advancing women's political involvement in Kuwait, two women have been appointed to the sixteen-member Municipal Council, which focuses on civil planning and social services....

5/4/2005 - Kuwait's Parliament Fails to Give Women Political Rights
In a blow to women's rights, the Kuwaiti parliament has failed to pass legislation that would have given women the right to vote and run for office in municipal elections....

4/29/2005 - Iraq's Newly Appointed Cabinet Includes Six Women
Iraq's National Assembly has approved a list of 36 new cabinet members that includes six women....

4/27/2005 - Female Iraqi Parliamentarian Killed
A female Iraqi member of parliament was shot and killed at her home in eastern Baghdad today by armed gunmen in an attempt to destabilize the reconstruction process....

3/23/2005 - Kofi Annan Calls For Sustained International Support for Afghanistan
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan stressed the need for international assistance for Afghanistan to continue far beyond the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place this September....

3/18/2005 - Afghan Parliamentary Elections Delayed Until September; Bomb Blast Kills Five
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced that the parliamentary elections that were scheduled to take place in May will be postponed until September, citing technical problems for the delay....

3/11/2005 - Boxer Introduces Amendment Urging Saudi Arabia to Allow Women to Vote
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed an amendment offered by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) last week urging Saudi Arabia to allow women to vote and run for office....

2/28/2005 - Afghanistan's Parliamentary Elections Delayed
The first post-Taliban parliamentary elections that were scheduled to take place in Afghanistan have been postponed due to security and logistical concerns....

2/15/2005 - Karzai to Appoint First Female Governor in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will appoint a female provincial governor for the first time in Afghanistan's history....

2/9/2005 - Saudi Women Kept From Voting in Tomorrow's Landmark Local Elections
Women are being left out of Saudi Arabia's first municipal elections in 40 years that are taking place tomorrow to elect half of the seats on local councils....

1/31/2005 - Iraqi Women's Rights Dependent on Election Results
Iraqi women's rights leaders fear that Sunday's elections could result in the installation of religious extremists that could put women's lives at risk....

1/19/2005 - Iraqi Female Candidates Targeted for Violence
Women in Iraq are putting their lives at risk as candidates for political office in the upcoming elections....

1/14/2005 - Arab Women Demand More Seats at the Table
More than seventy women from twenty-one Arab countries met in Yemen in December at the first Democratic Forum for Arab Women arguing that "political empowerment of women is a necessary step towards political reform in the Arab states," reports Reuters....

1/11/2005 - Afghanistan's New Cabinet Includes Three Women
President Hamid Karzai recently announced twenty-seven ministers that will serve in his new Cabinet, including three women....