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‘Need to boost women’s role in all fields for top positions’ ‘Constitution grants equal rights’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 13: Speakers at the event for launching the database containing researches and studies related to women held at the Women Studies and Research Center in Kuwait University unanimously agreed on the need to enhance the role of Kuwaiti women in all fields and enable them to occupy top positions, reports Al- Seyassah daily. The UN representative in Kuwait Dr Mubasher Shaikh said the activities organized by the center are in line with the key role that the UN Development Office in Kuwait seeks to achieve for attaining sustainable development, adding that the office is keen on boosting the role of Kuwaiti women in all fields. He indicated that the basic goal of the database is to provide visitors of the center’s website with new information related to the researches and studies about women.

Meanwhile, Consultant at the Follow-up and Coordination Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Talal Al-Mutairi said Kuwait is keen on facilitating women to occupy senior positions, adding that the lack of awareness over their rights and freedom is one of the obstacles that they must surmount. In addition, Analyst of Women Programs and Social Development at the UN Development Office Sahar Al- Shawa said the Kuwaiti Constitution grants Kuwaiti women same rights as the men because of which she can fight for receiving all her rights.

Convention
She explained that Kuwait had signed a convention in 1994 for curbing discrimination against women. However, since the convention did not mention anything about violence against women, the United Nations adopted a protocol in 1993 that was aimed to control violence against women as well as female circumcision. In another, unrelated developments, Director General of the Public Authority for the Disabled Dr Jassem Al-Thamer has warned against any kind of exploitation of the disabled, cautioning that the authority will take necessary procedures for the protection of the handicapped, reports Al- Watan Arabic daily. He expressed appreciation for the joint statement issued by the Workers Union of the Public Authority for the Disabled, Kuwait Disabled Sports Club, Kuwait Blind Association, Kuwait Cochlea Transplant Club and Kuwait Association for Follow-up of Disabled Issues.

He said the statement condemned those who carried inappropriate placards against the authority officials during a parliamentary session when the issues facing the disabled people were being discussed. He affirmed that the authority cooperates with those groups in order to serve the disabled people. He explained that the authority, through implementation of the disabled law, has been supporting the education of the disabled individuals from age 3 to 21 particularly those who expressed desire to further their education, revealing that the authority is currently supporting 6,039 disabled people. He indicated that specialized schools and nurseries must be established to educate those who have problems receiving education through the standard method.

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