Around 110 countries have rules helping women to get elected, joined in recent years by such feminist-friendly places as Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. On September 5th Angola had its first election with a new quota in place that says 30% of candidates must be women. Yemen is discussing a similar measure.
Perhaps it is not a bad idea to have quota for women in parliament here in Kuwait. The downside of any quota system is that selection will not be entirely by merit. Some women will make it at the expense of more qualified men. But this has to be balanced with the bigger downside of lack of representation of women in parliament.
The lack of representation of women is a result of past discrimination and removal from the political process. Until women are on equal footing with men, a quota system to ensure their participation should be a welcome idea. At least we will get to see unbearded members of parliament!