CEDAW commends Oman for promoting women in STEM sectors

MUSCAT : Delivering the opening speech of the Sultanate of Oman during the discussion of the fourth periodic report at the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against women, the Minister highlighted the efforts made in the field of gender equality and the significant reduction in the gender gap in the study of science and technology.

The Minister emphasized that the Basic Law of the State guarantees the achievement of equality between women and men in accordance with the principles of justice, equality and equal opportunities among citizens, and affirmed Oman’s commitment to the principles and provisions of human rights conventions in general, and women’s rights in particular.

“Introducing the report, H.E. Laila Ahmed Awadh Al Najjar said that female illiteracy had decreased from 4.9 percent in 2021 to 4.4 percent in 2022. The school education law of 2023 affirmed the right to free and compulsory education, as well early education. The percentage of girls choosing scientific fields such as mathematics and science in general education was greater than that of males,” states the United Nations Human Rights website, which presented a transcript of the proceedings.

The report further noted that while the percentage of women contributing to research and experimental development for the year 2021 was 34.1 percent, the percentage of girls choosing scientific fields such as mathematics and science in general education was greater than males. For every 100 males enrolled in such subjects in higher education, there were 130 females enrolled.

On the health front, the report indicated that Oman maintained a low maternal mortality rate of 17.1 per 100,000 live births in 2022, compared to 28.1 per 100,000 live births in 2020, and the percentage of births under specialised medical supervision increased to 99.9 percent in 2022.

In 2022, the World Health Organization certified that Oman had eliminated the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child – Oman is the first Arab country in the MENA region to obtain this recognition. It is now working towards certification for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B.

The Minister also explained that the Labour Law, issued in July 2023, prohibited any form of forced labour and the retention of workers’ passports, and made a complaints and grievances system available to workers.

Women’s participation in the labour force, as per the report, increased by about four percent in 2022 to reach 32 percent, compared to 28 percent in 2021. The percentage of female entrepreneurs increased from 29 percent in 2021 to 32 percent in 2022, and the percentage of women business owners reached 6.1 percent during 2022.

On the economic empowerment of women, the report stated that Oman had adopted policies to promote women’s participation in decision making and that there was no discrimination between men and women in appointments to high office. Oman had also implemented several programmes to economically empower low-income women, women with disabilities and women inmates, by supporting business initiatives.

The report also made reference to the Social Protection Fund, which includes social protection benefits and social insurance programmes for women. Of the 1,367,167 people registered for social protection benefits, 49 percent were women.

The tenth Shura Council elections saw the implementation of several leadership training programmes for 32 female candidates. Today, Omani women constitute 16 percent in the Council of Ministers, with three female ministers, and five female undersecretaries, in addition to 18 women who were appointed to membership in the State Council for the 2023 to 2027 period, and eight female ambassadors that were appointed during the year 2023. The number of Omani female lawyers registered with the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs in 2022 reached 420 lawyers.

Oman’s delegation to CEDAW consisted of representatives from the Ministry of Social Development, Court of First Instance, National Centre for Statistics and Information, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Health, Public Prosecution, and the Permanent Mission of Oman to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

For all the latest news from Oman and GCC, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.

The post CEDAW commends Oman for promoting women in STEM sectors appeared first on The Arabian Stories News.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

× Contact us for news, article submissions, and SEO services.