KUWAIT: What makes Mudi Al-Essa, Lulwa Al-Qitami and Nabeela Al-Mulla in common? They are Kuwaiti women born on different years; work in their respective fields; grown in different local families, but their exemplary works were equally commended by the Nobel Peace Prize Association for their contribution to world peace. They were honoured along with other women across the world in a book titled '1,000 Peace Women Across the Globe'.
Yesterday, a copy of hardbound book was presented to one of its recipients Mudi Al-Essa by Bahraini author Dr Muhammad Al-Zekri. The book was authored by dozens of writers from all over the world, who selected out best women to represent their countries and 'could be' the next Nobel Peace Prize winners.
"I particularly chose these three women from Kuwait for their exemplary work. It was hardly earned job on their parts considering times and circumstances, but they managed to face the challenge and successfully reached their goal in life. They are Kuwaiti women deserved to be posted in the 1,000 peace women around the world. People should be inspired with their experiences and examples," author Al-Zekri said.
Speaking exclusively with the Kuwait Times, Al-Zekri, said women role in world peace are just so important to be recognised. "When I observe war, the first victims were women and children. They are abused. If their rights are protected by some women like them, there will be no more abuses to take place anywhere," the author added. Al-Zekri who recently earned Master PhD in cultural anthropology from Exeter University in England, noted that for being counted in the 1,000 peace women, it was not necessary that they fought against actual battle or wars. Sometimes, they are people fighting for cultural and social change.
Al-Essa is a well-known woman in Kuwait who initiated the foundation of Kuwait Society for the Handicapped in 1962. The book recorded, she started social works with her father way back when she was nine years old. She was 28, when she volunteered herself to work with the Jordanian Arab Child Society and continue to work helping the handicapped people and needy. In fact her charitable organization here has managed to help thousands of children, women and men in Kuwait, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan and Pakistan.
Lulwa Al-Qitami, on the other hand, was back in Kuwait in 1960s after her studies in the United Kingdom vowing to improve the social, economic, educational status of Kuwaiti women, which she eventually achieved. In 1963, she co-founded 'The Women's Cultural and Social Society' which gradually changed the anti-women culture and ended the marginalisation of Kuwaiti women's social role.
Nabeela Abdulla Al-Mulla is currently the permanent ambassador of Kuwait to the United Nations. As the first Kuwaiti woman to represent the country in the world body, Nabeela's works has been greatly admired by many-not just in Kuwait but also as far as Austria, Botswana, Hungary, Mauritius, Namibia, Slovakia, South Africa, Slovenia and Zimbabwe. She was the chairwoman of the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency between 2002 and 2003. She also works for the arms control and regional security in the Middle East and with the issues of Kuwait's prisoners of war.