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Sultan Qaboos University (2020)

The Political empowerment of Omani women : challenges and solutions

Hussein, Zeinab Mohamed Ali

Titre : The Political empowerment of Omani women : challenges and solutions

Auteur : Hussein, Zeinab Mohamed Ali.

Université de soutenance : Sultan Qaboos University

Grade : Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations and Security Studies 2020

Regardless of their religion, education, nationality and ethnicity, women are always looking for societal support during their quest for the political empowerment around the world. However, despite the international efforts of the different organizations and civil society institutions, women’s political status is still below the desired level globally. Hence, this research aims to focus on the political status of women in the Sultanate of Oman as a Middle Eastern country. The research aims to investigate the overall political status of women and to find out the possible ways to improve it -if needed-, which would lead to the overall improvement of women’s lives and consequently to the good of the whole society. According to the academic researcher Khairalnesa from Sultan Qaboos University "The political leadership, law and legislation are areas where Omani women’s presence is lacking. However, increasing women’s presence in these fields would help them to achieve empowerment in all areas" (Khairalnesa, 2012, p23). The research aims to investigate the role of social and political institutions in empowering Omani women. Among these institutions are the family, tribe, local community and the Omani Basic Law. Moreover, the research assumes the existence of a number of challenges facing the process of women’s involvement within the political milieu. Among the challenges facing the Arab women, in general, and Omani women, in particular, are the socio-cultural factors this might include the role of family, society, tribe, women themselves and stereotyped image of women. On the other hand, it is important to mention and analyze the great role of the Omani government in the process of politically empowering women as a major stage of the Omani Comprehensive Development Strategy. In spite of that, the women’s actual political existence is still below expectations in the Omani elected bodies. .

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