On Sunday, October 20th, Sohar University (SU) Labour Union hosted the first symposium about working women in Oman from protection to equality on the occasion of Omani Women’s Day. Sponsored by Omantel, the seminar was under the patronage of Honorable Eng. Rahma bint Hamed Al Meshrifia, attended by the Vice-Chancellor of SU and representatives from the private and public sectors.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Noor Al Manahil Private School girls performed a song on the occasion of Omani Women’s Day. Then, Dr. Said bin Nasser Al Amrani, the Chairman of the SU Labour Union, delivered a speech in which he welcomed the attendees and the sponsor of the occasion. He pointed out the role of the union in achieving the needs of its members and defending their rights. Besides, he highlighted the importance of raising awareness among university employees about their legislative powers and responsibilities. In his speech, Al Amrani also addressed the main objectives of the symposium which are raising awareness of working women and community about the rights and duties of working women in the Omani law, clarifying the labour union efforts in empowering and supporting working women, educating working women about the forms of violence and discrimination against women in the workplace, condemning and combating it, as well as educating working women about how to balance their work duties and their fundamental tasks as mothers and educators of future generations. After that, Al Amrani announced that this symposium would be held annually. He also declared a new initiative for SU Labour Union, which is an Award for inspiring labour Union members. At the end of his speech, Al Amrani thanked all the participants and supporters of the symposium, including Omantel, Sohar University, invited speakers, organising committee, and Nour Al Manahil Private School for their valuable participation.
The symposium discussed four papers. The first paper sheds light on the rights and duties of working women in the Omani law, presented by Mr. Khalifa bin Saif Al Hosani, Head of Activities and Activities Section in General Federation of Oman Trade Unions. The title of the second paper was towards a non-violence work environment against women presented by Dr. Radwan Al-Haf, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at Sohar University. Dr. Hassan Salem Al Bereiki from the Qatar Family Counseling Center presented the third paper, which focused on how could working women balance between their family and work requirements. Finally, Dr. Hajar Al-Harrathi, an associate professor at Sohar University, presented two examples of significant female leaders in Omani history.