I would like to take today and reflect on the fact that we have the right to work, to stay at home or to work from home as a mother. I would like to thank the Times of Oman for this excerpt. Whatever your lifestlye choice in raising your children, its vital that you do what is best for you and your family. Hopefully we will get to a place in the world where celebrating women is so common place that we don’t have to have an International Woman’s Day, but the sentiment is there…
MUSCAT — The Sultanate, along with the world, will observe and celebrate International Women’s Day today.
“Today, March 8, of every year marks a day which is dedicated to women regardless of their race, language and culture. In fact, women advancements and achievements occur on a daily basis. The Omani woman is the focal point of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s government, guaranteeing her equal rights and opportunities. March 8 allows us to reflect and acknowledge these accomplishments.
“The wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said recognises the important role in the empowerment of all Omani women in all sectors of the society. Omani women are the foundation of support for their families, and are at the forefront in every sphere of life. Dr Sharifa bint Khalfan bin Nassir Al Yahyaeiyah, minister of social development, said here yesterday.
“It gives me great pleasure to join every mother, wife, daughter and sister all over the world in celebrating ‘International Women’s Day’, and to congratulate every woman in every nation on her advancements in securing her important role in the society. Women are key players in ensuring sustainable development and in shaping their communities and families,” Dr Sharifa said.
“We must pay tribute to the exceptional achievements of Omani women in all sectors, which are attributed to the visionary leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.”
The Omani woman enjoys a wide array of civil and political liberties that are founded on the Islamic Sharia Law and all other laws, particularly the Basic Law of the State. These laws have respected and protected all Omani women. Her equal attainment to education without gender discrimination and free access to all healthcare services has supported her to excel.
Omani women have been appointed to high-level posts in the government and private sectors, which has had an impact on the country’s development. Today, an Omani woman is a minister, an undersecretary, an ambassador, and a member of the State Council (Majlis Al Dowla).
Women are doctors, teachers and engineers, and are employed at educational institutions, the armed forces and the police. Omani women proudly undertook these responsibilities together without compromising their vital role in the upbringing of the new generation and in instilling social values.