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Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: PPWA-DATA-1

"Anaemia in registered pregnant women fell from 27.9 per cent in 2010 to 24.8 per cent in 2014" (Pg 32).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LDS-LAW-1

"The National Committee for Human Rights has worked to establish the unit to receive complaints, including women’s complaints in general and the complaints of domestic workers who are subjected to violence. The unit sees to it that justice is done for women and ensures the rehabilitation of women, including foreign workers" (Pg 14). "The Sultanate’s initial national report stated that Oman is largely free of human trafficking and the exploitation of women in prostitution. The Sultanate is continuing efforts to counter such problems, which appear from time to time due to illegal immigration. It strengthened procedures for granting work or visit permits to preclude the importation of women for trafficking...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: MARR-LAW-3

"Marriage has no effect on a woman’s capacity to execute legal dispositions. The Civil Transactions Law regulates legal capacity to execute dispositions of various types without discriminating between men and women. Under the Personal Status Law, women do not lose their legal capacity if they marry. There are no restrictions on the legal capacity of women. No amendments have been made to laws concerning personal status since the submission of the initial report" (Pg 38).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4

"A National Business Centre was established in 2012 as a pioneering platform for supporting Omani entrepreneurs of both sexes in developing successful commercial enterprises. The Centre is part of a larger Government strategy to support and incubate small and medium Omani enterprises to promote the Omani economy and create new jobs. In order to develop and support activities of enterprises, a General Authority for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises has been established. Its charter was issued by Royal Decree No. 36/2013. It aims to entrench a culture of entrepreneurship and self-employed activity among youth, strengthen the role of enterprises in providing new jobs for both sexes, and help...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"Maternal mortality dropped to 18.3 per 100,000 live births in 2014" (Pg 32).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The Sultanate guarantees legal protection for the rights of women on a par with men through a number of judicial measures. Personal status actions are considered summary actions and are accorded special attention by the courts in the Sultanate" (Pg 8).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"Intake was conducted in 18 cases of trafficking and exploitation of women of various nationalities in the Sultanate between 2013 and November 2014. All cases were referred to the judiciary, and measures were taken according to the law" (Pg 16).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: CL-PRACTICE-1, CL-LAW-1

"No amendments or additions have been made to laws relating to labour and engagement in commercial activities that could affect a woman’s ability to manage her own business. The occupations of babysitter and companion for the elderly have been included among professions which the Ministry of Social Development supports through a programme to train women who apply for these occupations in coordination with the University of Nizwa" (Pg 38).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"Omani women participate in the labour force in the Sultanate. The percentage of female employees in the Government sector in 2014 was 40.5 per cent. The percentage of Omani female employees in the private sector who were registered with the General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority in 2014 was 23 per cent. These developments have enabled Omani women to contribute effectively in various fields within a relatively short period of time" (Pg 19). "during 2014, women constituted 40.5 per cent of the Government sector labour force and 23 per cent of the private sector labour force compared to 37 per cent and 19.2 per cent respectively in 2010. The Ministry...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"Ministerial portfolios currently held by Omani women include the Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Education. A woman holds the rank of minister in the Public Authority for Crafts. A woman serves as deputy minister in the Ministry of Manpower and in the Ministry of Tourism. A number of leading supervisory posts are held by women, including the posts of ambassador, adviser, expert, director general, assistant director general, assistant to the president of the university and department director (see annex 13 — List of posts held by women in senior, middle and direct management)" (Pg 19).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"the Omani Penal Code (promulgated by Royal Decree No. 7/74) contains several articles penalizing rape offenses. Article 218 of the Code states 'Any person who has intercourse with an unmarried female without her consent through coercion, threat or subterfuge, or who abducts a person using the same means with the intent of committing fornication, or who commits fornication with a person under the age of 15 or with a person who has a physical or mental deficiency, shall be punished by imprisonment of 5 to 15 years, even if the act occurs without coercion, threat or subterfuge or if the perpetrator is a parent or guardian of the victim, or...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: ASR-LAW-2

"As stated in the initial report, there is no discrimination in respect of athletic games according to the international standards followed in this regard or in respect of male and female coaches. All school designs in the Sultanate provide for appropriate equipment and playing fields for each sport and designate areas for practicing sports in accordance with the customary dimensions" (Pg 26). "There is also gender equality in obtaining sports allocations in general education at all Government and private schools. Women have equal rights with men to participate in cultural, recreational and sports activities, as shown in annex 30" (Pg 35).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: GP-DATA-4

"Based on paragraphs 19 and 20 of the Committee’s concluding observations concerning the need to provide Oman’s national machinery with adequate human and financial resources and the need for a coordinated gender mainstreaming strategy, the Ministry of Social Development has worked to provide specialized, experienced staff to the General Directorate for Family Development, the woman and family departments and the Committee to Monitor Implementation of the Convention. A special budget has been provided to the Women’s Affairs Department, which is the technical secretariat of the aforesaid Committee. A special budget has also been provided for the Committee’s activities and programmes. Regarding gender mainstreaming, the Ministry has formulated a strategy for...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The National Committee to Monitor Implementation of the Convention prepared a report and collected data and information in cooperation with the Women’s Affairs Department in the Ministry of Social Development, specialized ministerial departments and relevant civil society associations. It did so taking into account: the guidelines concerning the form and content of the reports that must be submitted by State parties to international human rights instruments (HRI/GEN/Rev.6); the concluding observations and general recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; the implementation of Oman’s commitments under the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; and the Millennium Development Goals, specifically the third goal regarding gender equality (see annex...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"Amendments were introduced to the Basic Law of the State (the Constitution) in 2011 concerning legislative and supervisory reforms of the Council of Oman (the Council of State and Consultative Council). The Basic Law of the State entitles a woman to vote and stand for election to the Consultative Council. The Law on the Election of Members of the Consultative Council, issued by Royal Decree No. 58/2013 concerns standing for and voting for the Council and makes no distinction between males and females. The Consultative Council enjoys a number of legislative, economic, social and other authorities" (Pg 16-17). "The Municipal Councils Law was promulgated in 2011 by Royal Decree No....more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: ATC-DATA-1

"Royal Decree No. 42/2005 concerning the Sultanate of Oman’s accession to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was issued on 7 May 2005. The accession instrument was deposited with the United Nations on 7 February 2006 and entered into effect on 6 March 2006" (Pg 3).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"General education statistics for academic year 2014-2015 indicate that there are 192 Government schools for girls and 511 coeducational schools out of a total of 1,048 schools in the Sultanate; 49.9 per cent of the students are female and 71 per cent of the teachers are female" (Pg 25). "According to 2013 statistics, the Sultanate has 63 higher education institutions (36 governmental and 27 private). Females accounted for 57.5 per cent of graduates awarded the general diploma for academic year 2012-2013 (see annex 21 — Number of Omani students admitted to higher education institutions in the Sultanate and abroad according to academic year and sex). Private universities and colleges admitted...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Whereas women were previously limited to work in agriculture, shepherding or household work, they now work in most jobs, thanks to obtaining equal opportunities in basic and higher education. Women have also been encouraged to select various college programmes and specialties in Oman and abroad. Omani women have thus been able to achieve high rates of basic and higher education. They hold senior posts and work in specialized areas that were previously monopolized by men" (Pg 12). "Among the efforts being made to close the gap in the illiteracy rate of women compared to men is the concern dedicated by the Ministry of Education to girls below the age of...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The initial report states that Omani society rejects the trafficking and exploitation of women in prostitution as such trafficking and exploitation violate religious teachings, customs and traditions. The legislation and measures that have been adopted concretize this moral obligation" (pg 14). "The Sultanate’s initial national report stated that Oman is largely free of human trafficking and the exploitation of women in prostitution. The Sultanate is continuing efforts to counter such problems, which appear from time to time due to illegal immigration. It strengthened procedures for granting work or visit permits to preclude the importation of women for trafficking or prostitution. The Sultanate continues to enforce the Law on the Combating...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1, ATDW-PRACTICE-2

"The Personal Status Law, article 94, states that the two spouses may agree to end their marriage through a Khula, i.e., divorce at the instance of the wife, who must pay compensation. If Khula is offered in order to relinquish custody of the children or any other right, the Khula stipulation is revoked and the Khula becomes a divorce as stated in article 96 of the aforesaid law" (Pg 40).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The Government and civil society have partnered to implement training programmes to build the capacities and skills of Omani women and strengthen their self-confidence and the confidence of their families. Some of these programmes have been undertaken at the initiative of civil society organizations. They include a self-development programme for women (Springboard), which seeks to develop the capacities, skills and confidence of Omani women. The programme has been implemented in all the Sultanate’s governorates. It benefited 150 participants during 2012-2013 and remains ongoing" (Pg 20).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"The State has striven to provide protection for women. A woman is entitled to resort to the Supreme Court and to bring an action against her guardian. The State provides a safe house where women are protected from abuse until their court date. The safe house, namely the Dar al-Wifaq (House of Harmony), pursues reconciliation between the plaintiff and the defendant. In accordance with Royal Decree No. 55/2010 mentioned above, a woman may appeal a judgment to deny her action to His Majesty the Sultan in a petition submitted to the Diwan of the Royal Court within 30 days of the issuance of the judgment" (Pg 39).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"Regarding the Committee’s concluding remark 31 on the low representation of women in the Consultative Council, Government, judiciary and diplomatic corps, the Sultanate is keen on women’s participation in all institutions and councils. Omani women hold various positions in Government, the diplomatic corps and the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Concerning the Consultative Council and the judiciary, despite Government encouragement of women to seek positions in these establishments through elections or competition, cultural and social factors (as indicated above) impede women from obtaining such positions. Nonetheless, assiduous action is currently being taken to empower women to obtain high-ranking positions through elections or competition or through support alternatives pursuant to royal decrees" (Pg...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

we report that, in order to ensure the achievement of better results for women in elections for the Consultative Council than those achieved in the seventh term (2011-2015) and eighth term (2015-2019), headquarters have been prepared and equipped for Omani women’s associations under current laws and regulations. Tents have been set up at the headquarters of associations that have leased buildings in the governorates where there are female candidates. Several buildings of the Wafa social centres are also being used in governorates where women’s associations lack sufficient areas for setting up tents. Headquarters have been supplied with equipment and supplies. Electoral advertising has been published in newspapers for each female...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"In response to observation 32 (d) to create and ensure an enabling environment for civil society, particularly for specialized women’s NGOs, the Sultanate recognizes the importance of private activity in general and the activity of women’s associations in particular. It has acted to encourage and develop the nuclei of women’s associations that emerged in the early 1970s and to expand their presence in the governorates of the Sultanate. These associations enjoy an independent status. Their elected boards of directors approve their plans, programmes and activities. The Government encourages and supports civil society. The number of women’s associations is expected to increase from 53 in 2011 to 60 in 2015" (Pg...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Saʿid and the Government of the Sultanate of Oman have been concerned with the conditions and rights of Omani women and have developed Government policies, plans and programmes to ensure the participation of women in all areas as primary actors in sustainable human development in the Sultanate" (Pg 3). "The Sultanate held a discussion session on 8 October 2015 in the framework of the events of Omani Women’s Day to expand the discussion and request comments on the second and third national report. Participants reviewed the final draft of the second and third national report on the implementation of the Convention. They included representatives of...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The Law of the Child, article 15 (5), requires all State agencies to adopt the necessary preventive and treatment measures and procedures to provide appropriate health care to mothers before and after they give birth. The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with relevant agencies, has formulated a long-term plan for the health system in the Sultanate up to the year 2050. A strategic study on the health of women and children has also been prepared. It covers programmes, indicators and current challenges and served as the basis for development of a strategy for the health of women throughout the life cycle. The strategy includes three objectives: elimination of avoidable maternal...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"The Omani Nationality Law, which was promulgated by Royal Decree No. 38/2014, repeals the Law Regulating Omani Nationality issued by Royal Decree No. 3/83. It affirms that women and men enjoy equal rights in respect of the acquisition, retention or changing of Omani nationality. The law does not impose the nationality of an Omani women’s husband upon her, nor does it require her to become stateless...A woman’s marriage to a foreigner does not affect her nationality. She continues to retain her Omani nationality unless she decides to relinquish it in order to acquire her husband’s nationality. She is not forced to relinquish her Omani nationality if she adopts her husband’s...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In the framework of ongoing efforts to develop education, the Government has sought to change stereotypes in school curricula and textbooks regarding the types of work that men and women perform. The Government treats in a balanced way the roles of men and women and boys and girls in subjects covered by school curricula and in pictorial representations of situations of daily life. The Ministry of Education has paralleled this with efforts to incorporate concepts of human rights and the rights of the child and women in education to provide integral educational curricula for grades 1-12, in cooperation and partnership with UNICEF. Child rights curricula have also been designed for...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The National Committee to Monitor Implementation of the Convention prepared a report and collected data and information in cooperation with the Women’s Affairs Department in the Ministry of Social Development, specialized ministerial departments and relevant civil society associations" (Pg 4). "Based on paragraphs 19 and 20 of the Committee’s concluding observations concerning the need to provide Oman’s national machinery with adequate human and financial resources and the need for a coordinated gender mainstreaming strategy, the Ministry of Social Development has worked to provide specialized, experienced staff to the General Directorate for Family Development, the woman and family departments and the Committee to Monitor Implementation of the Convention. A special budget...more