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Omani women in the next five decades

17 Nov 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – On the occasion of National Day, Omani women talk about the changes, developments and innovations they would like to see in the sultanate in the next 50 years.

Dr Matlooba Ayoub al Zadjali
Managing director, Heart & Vascular Center Oman

Women are now getting power worldwide. Occupations were once limited but women have begun to step into the male-dominated world. After experiencing higher learning, aspirations changed and gradually society’s expectations had to change as well. Education gave confidence and empowerment. Business laws have changed to allow more women in the workplace, giving them a comfortable environment to work in. Evidence indicates that the central role of women in society has ensured stability, progress and long-term development of nations. But, there are innumerable challenges and issues that women face concerning physical and mental health. Problems like lack of education, improper health facilities, gender discrimination, unequal rights, rape, sexual harassment, dowry-related problems, domestic violence, etc continue.
In order to support women, we should ensure the rights of all women are respected, valued and realised. We should encourage women to raise their voice, volunteer, raise funds, and donate to women’s movements and organisations.

Dr Halima Nasser al Maskari
Consultant and general surgeon, Al Hayyat International Hospital

My dream for the coming 50 years is to see Omani women engaged in the digital revolution and the field of biotechnology. Although it is inspiring and at the same time terrifying, but I would love to see them involved in human body shop laboratories where cells can be grown into new liver, heart, skin, bone, ears, eyes, etc to replace damaged ones and overcome diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, HIV and autoimmune disorders.
In the next 50 years, it is possible that one’s brain will be digitalised to download and upload emotions, feelings, memories and sensations. With this, one could foretell what kind of partner one prefers for life in order to avoid disappointment and broken marriages. In such a scenario, wouldn’t the world be a wonderful place to live?
In the years to come, it will be possible to put a computer chip under the skin. Pinching it will allow you to go online and solve any problem with artificial intelligence. The medical field will be revolutionised with patients consulting robot doctors that will prescribe medicines and even perform surgeries.

Muna al Zadjali
Customer relations officer, Abu Dhabi Shipping Office LLC

Women in Oman have reached the status of equal partnership in their contribution to the development of the sultanate.
There is no bar, no hurdle and no boundary strong enough to hold back a woman in achieving what she wants. Today, for a woman, the only limitations are her dreams and aspirations. Omani women can achieve career excellence if they set themselves the required goals.

Sabra al Maskari
Senior medical executive specialist, National Oncology Centre, The Royal Hospital

Reforms have allowed Omani women to receive modern education and they can now be seen working in many sectors, including health, education, engineering, law, science and research both in the government and private sectors. As a personal example, I had the opportunity to go to the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom to complete further education – MSc and fellowship programme – in my field of health and social care. My sincere gratitude to our beloved country’s leaders for their far-sightedness.
In the next 50 years, I would love to see Omani women continue their hard work, maintain their respected position in society and more specifically, move into leadership positions abroad. Women have been successfully managing their home and office affairs and should now show their mettle in leadership in the country’s affairs and abroad. I hope to see more women as leaders in ministries, public sector undertakings and as diplomats.

Rumaitha al Busaidi
Board director, Environment Society of Oman

In the next 50 years, I believe Omani women will be at the forefront of many industries and the catalyst behind many innovations in the country. As we gear up for a world where the future of work is expected to change, I see more and more women at the helm either at the C-suite level of traditionally male-dominated sectors, as ministers or as founders of unicorn startups. What I hope is for women and girls to be fully represented in advancing climate justice across all levels and sectors, especially as climate interventions fail to adequately account for women’s and girls’ realities in climate crises, such as healthcare needs, unpaid care and domestic work, and lack of basic survival skills. I am a firm believer that we as Omani women need to break the glass ceiling and expand opportunities for our fellow women and this is achievable in the upcoming five decades.

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