Muscat: Oman is one of the most advanced countries in the Gulf region as far as women's rights are concerned, according Dr Nora N. Alnahedh, resident representative (GCC) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In a written statement to Gulf News, the Muscat-based-senior UNFPA official said that since the Renaissance in 1970, the Omani government has actively promoted female education with impressive results. "Omani women have been working in various fields and actively participate in the national development process. Omani women also enjoy a lot of political, social and economic rights," she said on the occasion of International Women's Day on Saturday. The UN official added UNFPA's regional office had focused on the development of Omani women since it opened in 2006.