UN team lauds Kuwaiti women’s rights ac­com­plish­ments

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

A UN team lauded yes­ter­day the ac­com­plish­ments of the State of Kuwait within the do­main of women’s rights, say­ing that the Gulf State had taken strong leaps in em­pow­er­ing women and en­abling them to take lead­ing roles in so­ci­ety. The UN team, which con­cluded a nine-day visit to Kuwait last Thurs­day, said in a re­port that Kuwaiti women were ‘highly pro­fes­sional,’ adding that they have been strongly con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of their so­ci­ety.

The team, which was headed by Vice Pres­i­dent of UN Work­ing Group on Dis­crim­i­na­tion against Women Ka­mala Chan­draki­rana, af­firmed that the Kuwaiti con­sti­tu­tion se­cured the rights of women, re­veal­ing that for decades, women were con­tribut­ing to so­cial, eco­nomic, and cul­tural pro­gres­sion in the GCC coun­try.

“Kuwaiti women won their par­lia­men­tary rights in 2005, which was an im­por­tant ac­com­plish­ment that led to sev­eral leg­isla­tive re­forms,” said the team’s re­port, adding that the ap­proval of the 2015 do­mes­tic work­ers law helped to pro­tect the rights of some 60,000 helpers who are mostly women.

Other re­forms within the con­sti­tu­tional level have also helped el­e­vate the sta­tus of women in Kuwait in gen­eral, said the team, not­ing that were some new laws pro­tect­ing women rights in the coun­try which were highly pro­gres­sive on a re­gional level. The team was im­pressed by the in­clu­sion of women in the se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus of Kuwait, re­veal­ing that there around 358 po­lice­women within the ranks of the In­te­rior Min­istry.

The in­crease of women in the work­ing force, by 56.5 and 51 per­cent in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors re­spec­tively, was also an indi­ca­tion that women em­pow­er­ment in Kuwait was head­ing in the right di­rec­tion, said the re­port which also com­mended Kuwait’s keen­ness on de­creas­ing il­lit­er­acy es­pe­cially among women. The team con­cluded their re­port by wish­ing Kuwait ev­er­more progress within the fields of women’s rights and em­pow­er­ment, say­ing that what have been wit­nessed in Kuwait in these re­gards, puts the Gulf coun­try on the right track.

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