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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 11/12/2013

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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Forty six employees and members of Omani Women's Associations were awarded certificates on Tuesday for their efforts in building road safety awareness across Oman. The ceremony also marked the close of Shell Development Oman's (SDO) Women Road Safety Programme which began early this year.

The event was held under the auspices of Brig Eng Mohammed bin Awad bin Salim al Rawas, director general of traffic, ROP, and attended by Dr Yahya bin Mohammed al Hinai, general manager of family developments, Ministry of Social Development (MoSD), and Hilal al Mawali, general manager of external affairs, SDO.

Jameela bint Salem Jaddad, director, women's affairs department, MoSD, said, ''Through the cooperation between MoSD and SDO, 46 employees and members of various Omani Women's Associations have qualified as road safety ambassadors. The objective of the programme was to raise awareness on the dangers of irresponsible road usage and a woman's role in reducing road accidents within the community. The programme brought into focus the part a woman can play in promoting issues in the society.''

The programme consisted of two stages. The first involved train the trainer sessions for the 46 women. The sessions were conducted by a specialist with more than 25 years of experience in the field of road safety. Topics covered included speed limits, seat belts as well as alertness on the road and maintaining safe distance from other vehicles. In the second stage of the

programme, the women conducted road safety workshops across Oman, covering all governorates.

The award ceremony also saw speeches from few of the road safety ambassadors on their experiences.

Brig Eng Rawas said, ''We are pleased to see women participating in such an event. Road safety is an important issue for the nation. We have seen a 22 per cent decrease in deaths from accidents in the past 11 months and the number of injuries have fallen by 1,200. We will continue to work towards bringing the number down.''

Mawali said, ''Road safety is a main pillar of social investment. From this programme, we see that women can play an important role in spreading awareness within the family and community. The decrease in the number of casualties makes us feel encouraged.'


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