Muscat, Jan 9 – Omani women have been granted “liberty of movement” and “freedom of choice of place and residence”, which guarantees them equal rights along with men, through a Royal Decree. According to officials at the Ministry of Social Development, freedom of movement, which was “restricted”, has now been lifted with the issue of Royal Decree 3/2019.
“Although women in Oman move freely, the Royal Decree now officially clarifies the liberty,” said the officials.
These rights were granted through withdrawal of some of Sultanate’s reservations to the agreement on ‘Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women’.
Article 2 withdraws the reservation to Clause (4) of Article (15) of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Article 3 of the Royal Decree instructs departments concerned to take necessary measures to implement provisions of the two articles.
The Sultanate acceded to the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 2005, pursuant to Royal Decree No 42/2005.
Article 9 of the Convention requires States to submit periodic reports on legislative, judicial, administrative or other measures they have adopted and which give effect to the provisions.
According to official records, after joining the Convention, the Sultanate constituted a national committee to follow up on implementation of the Convention in pursuant with the Ministerial Decision No (348/2005) amended by Ministerial Decision No (130/2009).
The committee comprised consultants, experts and specialists from many government and civil authorities.