Wadha bint Salim al Alawiyah
Director of Women’s Affairs at Ministry of Social Development
Nations move forward through the contribution of individuals. Development without discrimination of women constitutes a basic pillar of progress. Women’s role is undeniable in contributing to various social, economic and cultural aspects. This day is recognition of the significant potential of women and their role in society. Their potential has been enhanced with a set of laws that grant them their deserved rights to enable them to shoulder their responsibility in sustainable development.
The establishment of the Women’s Affairs department seeks to promote women in government and private sectors, and enable them to participate actively in the proper management of their family and social lives.
Besides building leadership capacities, women in Oman have also been enabled to participate in decisionmaking. They enjoy equal status as men in public participation and in private/popular establishments. The number of Omani women’s associations has grown to 65 covering all governorates and wilayats of the sultanate. Women are also active participants in charity and professional associations.