Achievements of Omani women to be showcased

MUSCAT — The achievements of Omani women in the last four decades will be showcased in a first-of-its-campaign, entirely conceived by the 
country’s youth, to be launched here soon.

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Published: Sun 23 May 2010, 11:12 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:59 AM

The ‘2010 Omani Women’ initiative will seek to highlight the significant strides that Omani women have made as active players in the shaping and making of modern Oman during the last 40 years.

It will also aim at enabling other talented national women to discover their strengths and fulfil aspirations through capacity-building activities to help them believe in themselves and realise their full potential.

The new effort will “acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of Omani women while further motivating them ahead on the road to success,” Eman bint Akbar Mohammed Rafay, Chairwoman of the campaign said here on Saturday.

“It will be a symbol of pride, illuminating the achievements of women in our lives: the icons, role models, and the silent heroes, which exist in every household,” she added. The initiative coincides with the 40th anniversary of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s reign.

Eman together with Muntaha Al Zarafy, Vice-Chairwoman; Wessan Al Zarafy, Finance Director; Sharifa Al Zarafy, Operations Director; and Aisha Stoby, Creative Director, are spearheading the novel initiative.

“The campaign calls for men and women to join hands and collectively work towards the common goal of helping women of all generations recognise their potential,” Eman said.

She added: “While a website will be launched shortly, the campaign process can be followed on social networking sites ‘Twitter, Blogspot or Facebook’.

The Sultanate of Oman has always subscribed to and implemented gender equality, affording its women citizens equal participation in all sectors and recognising their capabilities, thus setting a regional precedent.”

Oman offers equal educational and professional opportunities to its women, even codifying such equality in the country’s Personal Status Laws (PSL) which guarantees women equal rights in both education and employment.

Omani women enjoy full civil and political rights, including the right to vote and stand as candidates in elections to the Majlis Ash’shura.

“The campaign strives to emphasise how crucial it is to foster a woman’s self awareness of her capacity to achieve,” Eman said.

The emphasis in Oman’s five-year plans, she stressed, had always been on realising the full potential of women in their multiple roles as wives, mothers, employees and social changers, “and the fruits of these results have been reflected in the achievements that Omani women have made in various walks of life.”

She said the campaign would create a national platform highlighting successful achievements by the women of Oman and their life-stories, “thus inspiring and motivating others to believe in themselves.

It will also be raising awareness and funds to be invested in grass-root programmes which focus on tapping into and unleashing Omani women’s potential through capacity-building activities.”

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