Women of Oman Conference to Highlight Success of Women in Arab World

October 17, 2014

Kennesaw State University will host the first woman ever appointed to a ministerial position in Oman and the first woman to represent an Arab country as its ambassador at the upcoming Year of the Arabian Peninsula international conference.

The conference, titled Women of Oman: Changing Roles and Transnational Influence, will be held Nov. 7, 2014 primarily in the Prillaman Hall Auditorium (Room 1000). Sessions will examine how women’s participation in public life contributes to positive social change in Oman and will help shape the future of the region. The event is organized by the Kennesaw State Division of Global Affairs and Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.

One of the featured speakers is Her Excellency Ambassador Hunaina Al Mughairy, Oman’s ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Al Mughairy is the first-ever women to officially represent an Arab country. She is an economist with an extensive business background, and has been working to improve economic partnership between the U.S. and Oman. In addition, she uses her position as ambassador to help improve the U.S.’s perception of women in the Arab world.

The conference will also feature Her Excellency Dr. Rawya Saud Al Busaidi, Oman’s Minister of Higher Education. Appointed in March 2004, Dr. Al Busaidi is the first women to be appointed to a ministerial rank in Oman. During her ten years of service, she has developed a Strategic Plan for Education for 2006-2010 and has led a project to convert five of Oman’s government Colleges of Education into institutions offering specialized training that reflects the growing diversification of the country’s economy.

Oman has made significant strides towards increasing opportunities for women. One-third of all civil servants in Oman are women, and Omani women are more likely than men to pursue university education. The conference will feature several sessions highlighting the advances Omani women have made in education, the business world, and health and sports.

Following the conference, be sure to head over to the Bailey Performance Center for performances from the Oud Hobbyists Group and the Al Najoom Dance Troupe. The Oud is a traditional Arab lute, which has long been a source of pride for kings, princes, and poets. Al Najoom performs traditional Omani music with a trademark energy that makes every performance special.

There is no cost to register for Woman of Oman or for the post-conference performances. However, you must register for each separately.

-Patrick Harbin